Haditha and the Warbloggers
Blue Texan, guesting at Glenn Greenwald’s Unclaimed Territory, notes a strange silence on certain conservative blogs about the Haditha massacre trial:
Yesterday, the Haditha tragedy was again in the news, as 8 Marines face now criminal charges in the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians — including women and children — killed in the Iraqi town on November 19, 2005.
Predictably, this has been totally ignored thus far by Bush followers, including Mobius Dick, Michelle Malkin, Powerline and RedState. It’s a given, had the Marines not been charged, that their sites would be lighting up like Christmas trees, attacking the media over its rush to judgement, how it hates our troops, how it was trying to hurt Bush and undermine the war, etc.
I can’t speak for those sites (indeed, I’ve never heard of “Mobius Dick”) but I haven’t mentioned this trial recently for the same reason I haven’t mentioned the planes that didn’t crash, celebrities that didn’t die, or other flat line trends: they aren’t news.
I had numerous posts on Haditha in April, May, and June when the facts were emerging. Unlike many on the right, I defended John Murtha on his early statements on the matter. It has long been clear, though, that Marines committed atrocities and filed false reports. Unless something emerges from the trial that captures my interest, though, I doubt I’ll post about it again.