In its Saturday edition,
the Washington Post published
an article on Maj. Gen. Eldon A. Bargewell’s report, including excerpts from
the document, a copy of which the newspaper had obtained. Bargewell
makes clear that indifference to the fate of Iraqi civilians is pervasive in the
military high command.
24 April 2007
An unpublished report commissioned by the US military on the massacre carried
out in the Iraqi town of Haditha by American marines in November 2005 is an
unintended indictment of the entire war and occupation.
On November 19, 2005, a roadside bomb struck an American Humvee near Haditha, in
western Iraq, killing one of the marines on board. In response, according to
eyewitnesses and local officials, the US forces went on a
rampage, killing as many as 24 unarmed Iraqis in their houses, including seven
women and three children.
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A marine communiqué at the time claimed that the civilians had been killed in
the blast and that "gunmen attacked the [US] convoy with small-arms
fire." The Bargewell report, completed in June 2006, makes clear that those
who issued the news release knew from the outset that marines had killed the
Bargewell concluded that the Marine Corps chain of command
ignored "obvious" signs of "serious misconduct" in
Haditha. The Post reports that the general "found that officers may have
willfully ignored reports of the civilian deaths to protect themselves and their
units from blame."
While finding no direct evidence of any orchestrated effort above the squad
level to cover up the incident, Bargewell wrote in his report, "I did find
that individuals above the squad level were complicit, whether intentionally or
unintentionally, in attempts to hide criminal conduct. Leaders from the platoon
through the 2nd Marine Division level, particularly at the Company and Battalion
level, exhibited a determination to ignore indications of serious misconduct,
perhaps to avoid conducting an inquiry that could prove adverse to themselves or
their Marines ...
"The most remarkable aspect of the follow-on action with regard to the
civilian casualties from the 19 November 2005 Haditha incident was the absence
of virtually any kind of inquiry at any level of command into the circumstances
surrounding the deaths ...
"It also suggests an unwillingness, bordering on denial, on the part of the
Battalion Commander to examine an incident that might prove harmful to him and
The general went on, in the most damning portion of the report cited by the
Post, to underline the hostility and contempt felt by the
American military command for the Iraqi population. "All levels of
command tended to view civilian casualties, even in
significant numbers, as routine and as the natural and intended result of
insurgent tactics," Bargewell commented. "Statements made by the chain
of command during interviews for this investigation, taken as a whole, suggest
Iraqi civilian lives are not as important as
their deaths are just the
cost of doing business,
and that the Marines need to get 'the job done’ no matter what it takes."
The New York Times, which apparently also obtained or had access to a copy of
Bargewell’s report, noted Sunday that the captain, Jeffrey S. Pool, who issued
the story about the civilians dying in the initial blast, "told General
Bargewell’s investigators that he was given reports from battalion commanders
that accurately described the marines’ killing of civilians, said lawyers who
read the report. But Captain Pool said he issued a news release blaming
insurgents for the deaths because he believed that the killings were ultimately
a result of the roadside bombing, the lawyers said.
"'The way I saw it was this,’ Captain Pool told two colonels questioning
him, according to a lawyer who read the report to a reporter. 'A bomb blast went
off, or was initiated, that is what started, that is the reason they’re
getting this, is a bomb blew up, killed people. We killed people back, and
that’s the story.’"
Everything points to the fact that the Haditha massacre and its cover-up were
not the work of "rogue elements" or "a few bad apples." The
operation in Haditha was defended by the marine chain of command because it was
seen, in the final analysis, as an unavoidable course of action. In
viewing the terrorizing of the civilian population as the inevitable product of
the present occupation, American military commanders have a certain brutal logic
on their side.
The Post notes that Bargewell was especially disturbed that "nearly all
Marines looked the other way when confronted with early reports that many
civilians had been shot in fighting on the streets of Haditha after a roadside
bomb killed a member of their unit. His investigation found that Marines and
officers present that day immediately reported numerous civilian deaths to
superiors but that the reports were 'untimely, inaccurate and
incomplete’—failures he attributed to 'inattention and negligence, in
certain cases willful negligence.’"
No one asked any further questions, the general remarked, "despite gruesome
photographs circulating among junior Marines that showed
that women and children had been killed in their
Land of the Brave
He cited several opportunities to
investigate that were not taken, such as when more than $40,000 in condolence
payments went to Iraqis after the killings."
If it had been up to the US military the details of the massacre would never
have come out. According to the Democracy Now! radio program, which ran a
segment on the incident and its cover-up in March 2006, the mayor of Haditha led
an angry demonstration to a nearby marine camp shortly after the killings. The
protesters were stonewalled and the
American military stood by its initial
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Time magazine reporters obtained an Iraqi journalism student’s videotape of
the victims, still in their nightclothes when they were killed. "The scenes
from inside the houses show that the walls and ceilings are pockmarked with
shrapnel, bullet holes and blood," commented Democracy Now! Time presented
the footage with eyewitness testimony to the American military in Baghdad and,
belatedly, an inquiry was begun.
Aparisim Ghosh, Time’s chief international correspondent, was one of those who
covered the story. He explained on the radio program, "When we first
approached the Marines with this evidence, they responded in quite a hostile
They accused us of buying into enemy propaganda.
That aroused our suspicions even further, because it seemed to be excessively
hostile on their part. And we dug even more. We spoke to witnesses. We spoke to
survivors of this incident. And then we became quite convinced that these people
were killed by the Marines."
Bargewell’s report confirms the resistance on the part of the division,
battalion and regimental commanders to any investigation of the incident.
In its lengthy piece on the killings, Time provided some of the grisly details. The
marines broke into a number of houses in Haditha and killed men, women and
children in cold blood.
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Two children, 9 and 8,
only survived in the first house 150 yards from the blast because adults
shielded them from the American bullets and died in the process. In a second
house, the marines broke down the door and threw in a grenade, blowing up a
propane tank in the kitchen. They began firing and killed eight
residents—Including the owner, his wife, the owner’s sister, a 2-year-old
son and three young daughters. In a third house, the US troops allegedly
gathered four sons of the owner and killed them inside a closet.
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According to the director of the local hospital, the Marines brought 24 bodies
to his hospital around midnight. They claimed the victims had been killed by
shrapnel from the roadside bomb. "But it was obvious to us that there were
no organs slashed by shrapnel," the hospital director told Time. "The
bullet wounds were very apparent. Most of the victims were shot
in the chest and the head—from close range.’"
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Eight marines were eventually charged in the massacre. Four officers were
accused of failing to investigate and report the deaths of Iraqi civilians, and
four enlisted marines were charged with violations including unpremeditated
murder and negligent homicide. The military has reportedly offered immunity to
six other marines in the Haditha case, none of whom were charged. This group
includes the only officer present during the killings, Lt. William T. Kallop.
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On April 23 the military announced that it had dropped all charges against Sgt.
Sanick P. Dela Cruz, one of the eight, and that he would be granted immunity.
Dela Cruz has apparently made incriminating statements to Naval Criminal
Investigative Service investigators about another marine, Staff Sgt. Frank D.
Wuterich, the squad’s leader.
The San Diego Union-Tribune writes that—according to a Naval Criminal
Investigative Service report—Dela Cruz told investigators that before
approaching the houses in Haditha, Wuterich first shot five Iraqi civilians,
"some with their hands above their heads, who were lined up outside a taxi
they had been riding in. Other reports indicated that enemy fire was coming from
the direction of the taxis and that Wuterich, who faces 13 counts of
unpremeditated murder, told investigators he considered the men a threat.
with their hands above their heads,
"Dela Cruz also said, according to the report, that Wuterich asked him to
say the men were trying to escape before they were shot, which Wuterich denies.
Dela Cruz allegedly told investigators that he fired rounds into the dead bodies
and later urinated on one of them."
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The Haditha massacre is a horrific event, but it is the inevitable product of a
colonial war fought against a resisting population. How many more such episodes
have gone unreported or undetected? Daily violence, often
homicidal, is visited on the Iraqi population by US forces, who are themselves
demoralized and brutalized.
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The BBC reported last June that conditions at the marine company’s base of
operations were "feral." "Four hundred men of the First Marine
regiment were based in this decaying rabbit-warren. Conditions were so
disgusting, many just moved out. They set up these unofficial shacks alongside
it." One of the few reporters to have been there, reports the BBC,
"was shocked by these strange, primitive huts, which lacked even basic
hygiene. 'You walked in and the first words were 'F off,’ and they were
ripping pieces of wood apart to feed the fire,’ he said. 'You could see the
conditions in which they lived. And they were filthy. It was disgusting.’
There seemed to him to be no real discipline."