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The Real Message of Haditha… It Was a Hoax And the Democrats Fell for It Willingly.

It must be a bear being part of the mainstream media these days.  Must also be a major problem for liberals, but then again that’s kind of a repetition, isn’t it?

The Gateway Pundit is running a brilliant piece today …
The New York Times Mourns the Loss of Their “Defining Atrocity” [1]

In reading the New York Times article, one is decidedly left with the impression that the New York Times writers wish for all the world they could claim that the marines involved with the incident at Haditha could be called guilty within the bounds of Journalism 101. But with the last of the marines in question now heading towards having his case dismissed , the New York Times, and their leftist followers, are now reduced to complaining bitterly about how the prosecution didn’t prove their guilt. Indeed, what evidence exists, points to a group of dedicated military people doing their job as they were trained to do it.

And so now, the New York Times and the remainder of leftism no longer has the ability to define our actions in Iraq in a way that bolsters the case being made by the far left.  GW says, rightly;

And, isn’t it interesting how The New York Times is still searching for an atrocity to define the War in Iraq?

An Al-Qaeda atrocity like the Yazidi bombings [2], the murder of a brave young Sunni Sheik [3], or torture chamber drawings [4] just won’t do.

And therein lies the whole thing.  If it doesn’t match the narrative that they want to project, it doesn’t get mentioned.  Rather like Slimeball extraordinaire, Jack Murtha, isn’t it?

I respectfully suggest, that the Haditha incident IS in fact, emblematic, of the left’s behavior as regards Iraq.  Indeed, what could possibly have defined it better?  They will leap to accuse our military of atrocities, while ignoring what we are over there to do.  They’ve done it dozens of times and more…. Haditha is certainly not the sole incident of this type. Over the past few years, they have leaped at anything that looks like it might have a chance of casting our military, our president, and our country, in a bad light.

Every.

Single.

Time.

Then Haditha came along.

Jack Murtha and his comments at the time, for which he is being sued today, and for which he has yet to apologize, must have been what Alan Greenspan would term “irrational exuberance”.  He wasn’t the only one, but he was certainly up on the front lines, almost dancing with glee at being able to grab the spotlight and reciting louder now, on the narrative that they’d been trying to push for so long…. and ignoring the atrocities being committed by al-Qaida. .  .. something they’re still doing.

Look at it from their POV…
Haditha looked to them like the golden opportunity to prove they’ve been right all along…. that Iraq was the wrong thing to do, that America really IS bad, our soldiers are thugs [5], that Bush IS Hitler, and so on. Oh, boy, let’s talk this up. We’ll bring those Republicans down… we’ll swing America to the left again….

But then reality set in.

One by one, the Marines were exonerated, the cases dropped.  Not for lack of evdience, but rather by way of evidence which proved they did their jobs, and did them right. According to some news reports, when the case against those marines started falling apart, evidence started being falsified, to prevent the exoneration of the marines.  [6]

Oops.

So now, what is the image being projected by this whole thing?

That the Democrats are willing to toss anyone and anything under the bus to gain governmental power. Our Soldiers. Our county’s standing in the world. Millions of Iraqi lives.  The truth. Anything.

There are many words which can describe such behavior, but perhaps none more appropriate than “Stalinist”.  Do you begin to understand the depth of what America faces with these people?

But what happened, here?

How could they have been so wrong, and so willingly?

To explain that, let me tell you something else, just in case you haven’t made the connection yet. I linked a story earlier today, [7] which quotes General Vo Nguyen Giap, the North Vietnamese military commander.  Go and read the whole thing, if you haven’t seen it yet.  But I want you to note particularly, this passage:

Question: Was the American antiwar movement important to Hanoi’s victory?

Answer: It was essential to our strategy. Support of the war from our rear was completely secure while the American rear was vulnerable. Every day our leadership would listen to world news over the radio at 9 a.m. to follow the growth of the American antiwar movement. Visits to Hanoi by people like Jane Fonda, and former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and ministers gave us confidence that we should hold on in the face of battlefield reverses. We were elated when Jane Fonda, wearing a red Vietnamese dress, said at a press conference that she was ashamed of American actions in the war and that she would struggle along with us.

Now, look at a story DavidL posted here in April the 26th of this year [8]

A videotape taken by an Iraqi showed the aftermath of the alleged attack: a blood-smeared bedroom floor and bits of what appear to be human flesh and bullet holes on the walls.

Now the truth emerges.  The Haditha charges were a lie.  The Marines acted in self-defense and Murtha lied:

NewsMax [9], however, can reveal that the facts of what happened early that November morning clearly show that the incident was part of a planned ambush by insurgent forces, that the civilians tragically killed in the were used as human shields by the insurgents, and that despite claims by Rep. John Murtha, there was indeed an ongoing firefight between the Marines and the enemy.

Now you tell me; what do you suppose the chances are that the whole thing was staged, so as to provide the democrats here in the United States, a narrative that they could work with, to further their point?  Have a few people dressed as civilians attack American soldiers…  (by definition, guerilla warfare) …and when the inevitable occurs, tape it and send the tape back to America, and await the results.

I know it sounds pretty extreme, but becoming a suicide bomber is probably the most extreme thing I can think of.  Costly, in terms of lives, would be such a plan, but a very efficient use of such lives, toward the goal of defeating the United States. Certainly, more effective than the number of car bombings that a similar number of lives would have cost.  After all, the left here in the states is a reliable ally… just like Fonda and company in Vietnam…

What I’m suggesting, is that the left in this country, along with the willing accomplices in the media, fell for a hoax.  Yes, civilians were killed. Yes, they were killed by American soldiers.  But where those people civilians? Did they intend to die in that skirmish? Let me call your attention to something else I posted today… [10]

Just so we know this was no fluke, no slip of the tongue… that he really meant to say this, he went farther:, saying he is willing to sacrifice 70 Palestinians to ensure the death of one Israeli. And just so we know we heard it correctly, the speech was rebroadcast several times on PA radio today. “We will defend the holy land with our blood and with our spirit,” he wailed. “We do not only wear uniforms; we are all military. We are all martyrs in paradise.”

Granted, that in the quote these are Palestinians we’re talking about, not insurgents operating in Iraq.  But I doubt there are many people who are going to argue that their motivations are not very similar indeed.

So eager was the on American left, to reinforce its narrative of America of being the bad guy, that they fell for a hoax.  Fell for it hook, line, sinker, rod, reel, fisherman, and half the coastline. Fell for it because the’ve been spewing how we’re evil for so long, they’re starting to succumb to their own venom.

The really scary part of all of this, is that is the most generous reading of the data, as regards the left.  Again, do you begin to understand the depth of what America is up against what these people?

Also on the case: Q and O [11] The Jawa Report [12], Blue Crab Boulevard [13] Ed Driscoll.com [14]