Saturday, February 17, 2007
A Marine Father Speaks But Is Anyone Listening?
I have followed the case of the Haditha Marines ever since the day John Murtha spewed his "cold blooded murder" slander. I have researched the events and the so-called witnesses reported by our lamestream media. I have no doubt - NO DOUBT - that these brave young men are innocent of charges of murder. War is Hell and bloody - to play political correct appeasers just doesn't cut it when you are fighting for your lives.
I continue to marvel at the pre-judgment of these Marines. Not one trial - not one confession but to hear the media the young men have been tried and convicted. Any time there is a claim of deliberate targeting of civilians in Iraq, you can count on the media to throw in a paragraph or two about Haditha. Haditha has been placed in the same category as Abu Ghraib.
Sympathy abounds for the "witnesses" in Haditha while ignoring the residents' worship of Zarqawi. You don't hear reports of the multiple IED's buried underneath the pavement in Haditha without one resident seeing or hearing a thing. The media chooses to use reporters that have themselves been detained by the US Military for connections to insurgents. If this was not so damn sad and damaging to these young men, the whole thing would be funny.
One of the fathers of a Haditha Marine is speaking out. L/Cpl Justin Sharratt has been charged with 3 counts of premeditated murder. Darryl and Jackie Sharratt stand by their son, as well they should. Just this past week, Darryl wrote an article titled "Justin Sharratt - My Son". I'll share a bit with you...
I am the father of L/Cpl Justin Sharratt. On August 16, 2003 the dreams of a little boy became reality. My son Justin enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after high school graduation. Since the age of six, Justin dreamed of a military career. The combat boots, camouflage fatigues and helmet he wore as a child would soon become his uniform of the day as a United States Marine. To serve and protect the United States of America from all enemies both domestic and foreign; a duty he did not take lightly....
A U.S. Congressman has called these Marines murderers. Time magazine has enlisted the propaganda of foreign journalists to sell its political agenda. Iraqi civilians have been schooled in making false statements. An Iraqi girl missed a day of school because she was afraid the bomb blast would injure her. Interesting reading, but I truly believe the American people can see through this barrage of media conjecture. I ask you not to prejudge my son, not to prejudge these Marines. They have served this country with honor, truth and diligence. I say unto you. the Few, the Proud, the Marines………..
"All of these men are innocent of these charges. In the aftermath of 9-11, these men have risen to honorably serve their country. Some have given a lifetime of dedicated service, others were just beginning. They have demonstrated to the world there is “No better friend, No worse enemy” than a U.S. Marine. For now, the handshakes will be tighter, the hugs will be longer and the tears sliding down my face are not a sign of weakness- they affirm a father’s love for his Marine son."
The very same media that has convicted the Marines in the court of public opinion has a problem with airing the views of this Marine Father. Several dedicated FReepers have spent an inordinate amount of time trying to inform the public about the unreported side of Haditha. Many of us bloggers have written story after story about Haditha. But we just don't have a wide enough audience. The public deserves to hear from Mr. Sharratt. Instead we get more of Murtha and his "slow bleed" of treason. There are two sides to this story but only one is getting told.
We spoke up in unison and got an apology from Alan Colmes. We can do it again to get Justin's story told. Speak up - Spread the word. It's the least we can do for the Marines charged in the Haditha incident and their families.
You can read more about Justin Sharratt here. Make sure you pop over to the donation page while you are there. To read more about the Haditha Incident and other related articles, go to Defend our Marines.
Related Chickenhawk Express Posts:
A Haditha Marine Father Has a Question for Alan Colmes
Colmes Claims Murtha Was Right About Haditha Marines
Another Haditha "Witness" With Problems
Defense Fund for the Haditha Marines
The Reuters Connection to Haditha
About Those Haditha Residents Demanding Justice...
Throwing the Marines Under the Bus
Traitors in Our Midst
Murtha Spews More Briefing Info and Code Pink Talking Points
Briones, Murtha and Even More Questions
Time Magazine, Murtha and the Taxi Driver Incident in Haditha
Haditha - Al Qaeda Uses Video for Recruiting; Times Reporters Never Visited Haditha
TIME Touts Terrorists Use of Haditha Article for Recruiting
Thank Goodness Someone Is Reading the Info
ACLU Wants to Review Haditha Docs
The Tangled Web of Haditha Reports
THIS is the Problem in Iraq