The Truth About Haditha

Democrat Rep. John

"Cut and Run"
Murtha thinks he knows the truth
about Haditha—and he has been

blabbing it to every last cable show host that will host
. The loose-lipped former Marine has

accused troops
of wantonly killing some two dozen
civilians, including children, "in cold blood" in
the terrorist stronghold in Iraq last November. There
are two ongoing military investigations into the
incident itself and the actions of higher-ups in the
Haditha aftermath.

Let me repeat that: The
investigations are ongoing. Not complete. Official
reports aren`t expected for several weeks.

I do not know the truth
about Haditha. Neither do Murtha and the media outlets
calling the alleged massacre a massacre before all the
facts are in. It would be helpful if they could handle
these grave charges without serving as

al Jazeera
satellite offices. GOP Sen. John Warner,
who like Murtha also served in the Marines,

struck the right tone over the weekend
unlike Murtha, to render a verdict against the Marines
before trial and avoiding Bush Derangement Syndrome, but
also taking the

allegations very seriously.

I do know this. Children
are dead. Other children have been orphaned. There are
pictures of bullet holes and bloodied homes. There are
evolving stories about what happened last Nov. 19 and
serious allegations of a possible cover-up.

I also know this: Lance

Miguel Terrazas,
the Marine who was killed by a
roadside IED (improvised explosive device) that day,
followed a proud family tradition of

military service
. He had received a commendation for
bravery on his first tour of duty in Iraq in 2004. One
of his fellow Marines said Terrazas`s body was split in
two by the bomb explosion that rocked his Hummer while
on patrol that morning.

And there`s this: Haditha

crawling with terrorists.
The Associated Press

points out
that "in just three days last August,
six Marine snipers were killed in Haditha and 14 Marines
died in nearby Parwana in the deadliest roadside bombing
of the war."
Most-wanted al Qaeda leader Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi is reported to have lived in Haditha. The
Washington Post
quoted a military lawyer noting that
Nov. 19 was the Marine 3rd Battalion`s "hottest day"
in Iraq.

"In addition to drone
surveillance that day,"
the paper reported, "AV-8
Harriers were dropping bombs, helicopters were
evacuating wounded, and a large firefight occurred about
one-third of a mile from the site of the civilian
shootings, said several people familiar with the
Video May Aid Marine Inquiry
, By Thomas E. Ricks,
Washington Post, May 29, 2006]Audio of radio
traffic that day reportedly contradicts Rep. Murtha`s
claim that the Marines did not come under small-arms
fire after the roadside explosion, according to one of
the Post`s military sources.

We know this, too: Naval
Criminal Investigative Service officials have not turned
their backs. Time magazine, which initially broke the
story of survivors` accounts that prompted the military

that Haditha residents—who have yet to be
visited by any of Iraq`s own officials—"were
gratified by [the investigation`s] thoroughness"
"were especially impressed by the NCIS investigators"
conducting three separate enquiries.

Finally, there is this
incontrovertible fact: There are countless numbers of
anti-war zealots on the American Left rooting for
failure. They believe the worst about the troops.
They`ve blindly embraced frauds who`ve

lied about their military service
and lied about

wartime atrocities.
They`ve allied themselves with

socialist kooks
and coddled

murderous dictators.
They are looking for any excuse
to pull out, abandon military operations and
reconstruction, and impeach the president.

They insist on giving
suspected foreign terrorists more benefit of the doubt
than our own men and women in uniform. And that, I know,
I am not willing to do.

I will wait. I will pray.
And I will remind you that while the murder of civilians
is and remains an anomaly in American military history,
it is the jihadists` way of life.

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click

for Michelle Malkin`s website.
Michelle Malkin`s latest book is "
Exposing Liberals Gone Wild.