Haditha Massacre: Media and Terrorist Hoax?
By: Sher Zieve
As charges against US Marinesâ€”with regards to an apparent fabrication of the â€œHaditha massacreâ€â€”continue to be proved false and based upon unsubstantiated â€œevidenceâ€, only some of the leftist media appear to be standing by their original spin on the story. This mediaâ€™s bent was based upon their proposition that the Islamist terrorists were telling the truth that the accused Marines were guilty of murder. Of note is that this twisted account was picked up by leftist members of the US Congressâ€”including former Marine and House Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA)â€”who helped their media spread the poison. Based upon no evidence at all, Murtha said that the accused Marines had â€œkilled innocent civilians in cold bloodâ€ and â€œI know there was a cover-up someplace!â€ Neither of these ill-advised statements has proven to be true. In fact, they have been confirmed to have been bogus. But, it didnâ€™t matter as the â€œwe hate the US Military and will say anything we want about itâ€ crowd was in fine form andâ€”with no evidence whatsoeverâ€”had already begun its renewed campaign against US soldiers. This same group also strongly implied these soldiers were murderers; a charge that has now shown to be both unwarranted and patently false.
Note: To large portions of the worldwide media and a growing radical leftist faction within the United States Congress, the US Military can do nothing right and the terrorists can do no wrong.
The AP reports that one of the hearing officers, Lt. Col. Paul Ware, â€œsaid murder charges brought against Sharratt were based on unreliable witness accounts, poor forensic evidence and questionable legal theories.â€ In an 18-page report, Ware wrote: â€œThe government version is unsupported by independent evidence. To believe the government version of facts is to disregard clear and convincing evidence to the contrary.â€ Charges against the Marines are in the process of being dropped. However, to date there has not been a hint of even a slight apology from those who blatantly and unconscionably accused these Marines of murderâ€”including accusatory members of the Democrat-run US Congress. Instead, against even one of their own liberal think tanksâ€”the Brookings Institution with its NY Times article â€œA War We Just Might Winâ€â€”Democrat leaders (specifically Sen. Harry Reid D-NV) have not rescinded their statements that the US has â€œalready lost the war.â€
Note: Even in the face of overwhelming facts to the contrary, leftists refuse to back off from their talking points. And, even elected Democrat officials refuse to apologize to those soldiers who fight and die to protect these same officialsâ€™ and their right to vilify them. These are revolting behaviors from those electees who should know better.
So, the liberal/leftist press, with very few exceptions, is not even bothering to report on the discovery that the Marines were, indeed, wrongly accused. After all, in the minds of the liberal media, the wrong side has been exonerated! Of those pieces that are being written of the vindications, they are short and included in the back sections of most publications. Whereas, when the fake â€œmassacreâ€ reports were initially carried by these same publications they were included on the front page. This is the prime example of â€˜absolute powerâ€”this time of the pressâ€”tending to corrupt absolutelyâ€™. While our courageous troops protect even these corrupted individuals, the same corruptees hide behind one another while continuing to malign, denigrate and degrade their protectors. This is not only the mark of childish bullying behavior but, the essence of weak-mindedness. This is what liberalism and the tenets of the Left breedâ€”dishonor, cowardice and abject stupidity. But, the honor and intelligence of our fighting men and women will prevail. However, sadly and apparently permanently so will the contradictory pillars of the Left continue to exist.
Then again, without the presence of evil, how would the rest of us recognize good?
Sher Zieve is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. (www.thenma.org). The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets.