Gary Younge: The US is blind to the price of war that is still being borne by the Iraqi people

Every effort must be made to thwart those who seek to embellish and distort America’s lamentable legacy in Iraq

Toby Morison 19122011

Illustration by Toby Morison

On 19 November 2005 a US marine squad was struck by a roadside bomb in Haditha, in Iraq’s Anbar province, killing one soldier and seriously injuring two others. According to civilians they then went on the rampage, slaughtering 24 people. They included a 76-year-old man in a wheelchair and a three-year-old child. It was a massacre. “I think they were just blinded by hate … and they just lost control,” said James Crossan, one of the injured marines.

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