Byline: STEPHEN GLOVER
THE story of the alleged massacre at al-Haditha in Iraq provokes a sombre question.
How did a war in which we were supposed to be the good guys, liberating a country from a brutal dictator, turn us into this?
American Congressmen briefed on the massacre expect an official investigation to conclude that soon after 7am on November 19 last year, U.S.
Marines ran amok, killing as many as 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians, including women and children, in cold blood. A dozen Marines reportedly face courts martial or even charges of homicide.
Officials who have seen the findings of the investigation say that it may be the worst known case of misconduct by American ground forces in Iraq, and that includes the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Others draw comparisons with the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War, when U.S. soldiers killed more than 500 unarmed villagers. Then, it took 18 months for the truth to emerge.
This time it has taken seven months, but there are plausible charges that the American military has …