A worldview is a set of claims that purport to be based on ultimate reality.

“Haditha uncovers the ugliness of the War Party”??

Posted by ssbg on June 12, 2006

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Click on the pictures for a larger image.

 If you look at the picture on the Aljazeera web site you are left with the impression that the dead bodies on the ground were massacred by our Marines. That is exactly what the they intend. Note the caption: "Haditha uncovers the ugliness of the War Party" (US).

Note the second Picture.  It is clearly the same location. The same set of dead bodies. The second is a wider shot with three additional bodies in the foreground.

But guess what? The photo, according to this Newsweek caption of the scene, is not of the Nov. 19 incident in Haditha involving our Marines, as the Al Jazeera website or the UK Times (,,11069-2205982,00.html#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=World )  would have you believe.

Read the caption:

"Insurgents in Haditha executed 19 Shiite fishermen and National Guardsmen in a sports stadium."

The Chicago Sun Times ran the cartoon below until it found out the error and sent this apology from Steve Huntley, editorial page editor of the Chicago Sun-Times:


An Apology A cartoon by Jack Higgins in Tuesday's Chicago Sun-Times incorporated inaccurate imagery to make a statement about the allegations that U.S. Marines killed Iraqi civilians in Haditha. Jack Higgins and the Sun-Times deeply regret the mistake and apologize to the U.S. servicemen, especially those in the Marine Corps, and to our readers who were understandably offended by the cartoon. Higgins, in doing Web research on the Haditha story, searched the Internet for images. A Yahoo search engine displayed a number of photos, one of which was labeled "IraqBodi…rd.jpg." Clicking on that image took Higgins to the MSNBC/Newsweek site. On his screen then was the original Yahoo search preview image and under it a Newsweek page with a small image of the magazine's current cover with the headline "The Haditha Question." Higgins made the erroneous assumption that the image in the photo preview was a photograph of victims of the killings that unproven allegations say were committed by U.S. Marines. Further scrolling down the page would have produced another image of this photo with a caption that clearly identities the dead as victims of Iraqi insurgents. The caption reads, "Insurgents in Haditha executed 19 Shiite fishermen and National Guardsmen in a sports stadium." Again, Higgins and the editors of the Sun-Times apologize for this egregious error.

Thanks to all the readers who called attention to the error and contacted the newspaper.

In life we should try to find out the truth.  We are in an asymmetrical struggle with vicious enemies who slaughter civilians and bystanders and journalists without any regard for the laws of war. But too often we and our enemies are portrayed as moral equivalents. One or two instances of American misconduct are found equal in the balance to a consistent and premeditated campaign of barbarism. Many untruths about the American military are presented as fact. In the short term lies can win.  In the long term truth always wins.

Give most credit for bringing this to our attention.


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