After all the finger pointing and claims of cold-blooded murder against the Haditha Marines, I thought I was immune from the disgust at the stories reported by so-called journalists like Dahr Jamail. I was wrong... This one makes the blood boil...
Conflicting versions of the killing have arisen. Col. Hazim al-Juboory, uncle of the attacker Kaissar Saady al-Juboory, told IPS that his nephew at first watched the U.S. soldiers beat up an Iraqi woman. When he asked them to stop, they refused, so he opened fire.
"Kaissar is a professional soldier who revolted against the Americans when they dragged a woman by her hair in a brutal way," Col. Juboory said. "He is a tribal man, and an Arab with honour who would not accept such behaviour. He killed his captain and sergeant knowing that he would be executed."
Others gave IPS a similar account. "I was there when the American captain and his soldiers raided a neighbourhood and started shouting at women to tell them where some men they wanted were," a resident of Mosul, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IPS on phone. "The women told them they did not know, and their men did not do anything wrong, and started crying in fear."
The witness said the U.S. captain began to shout at his soldiers and the women, and his men then started to grab the women and pull them by their hair. "The soldier we knew later to be Kaissar shouted at the Americans, 'No, No,' but the captain shouted back at the Iraqi soldier," the witness told IPS. "Then the Iraqi soldier shouted, 'Let go of the women you sons of bitches,' and started shooting at them." The soldier, he said, then ran off.
Jamail and his little sock puppet Ali al-Fadhily use the Association of Muslim Scholars as one of their "sources" for this little piece of fiction. I suppose we should just ignore the fact that the AMS is nothing more than a front group for the terrorists and led the charge against US forces in Fallujah.
Notice that the two US soldiers, Capt. Rowdy J. Inman, 38, of Panorama Village, Texas, and Sgt. Benjamin B. Portell, 27, of Bakersfield, Calif., are not even named in Jamail's article. Both of these men were decorated soldiers and had served their country with honor. That is ignored by Jamail also.
Both men were assigned to the 3rd Squadron of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, based in Fort Hood, Texas. Capt. Inman had been awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Sgt. Portell the Army Commendation Medal.
Neither one is around to defend themselves from such disgusting claims. Their memory is being trampled by those who have a unquenching desire for US failure in Iraq and will stop at nothing to further their agenda. It is disgusting and completely uncalled for but typical of the spew that Jamail has spred these past 5 years. Capt Inman and Sgt Portell deserve much better. So does the American people...