It seems the new Iraqi Prime Minister feels we’re killing his people needlessly:
As outrage over reports that American marines killed 24 Iraqis in the town of Haditha last year continued to shake the new government, the country’s senior leaders said that they would demand that American officials turn over their investigative files on the killings and that the Iraqi government would conduct its own inquiry.
In his comments, Mr. Maliki said violence against civilians had become a “daily phenomenon” by many troops in the American-led coalition who “do not respect the Iraqi people.”
“They crush them with their vehicles and kill them just on suspicion,” he said. “This is completely unacceptable.” Attacks on civilians will play a role in future decisions on how long to ask American forces to remain in Iraq, the prime minister added.
For the longest time I agreed with the idea that, although we shouldn’t have gone into Iraq in the first place, it wouldn’t be right to walk away from it after making such a mess of the whole thing, but my opinion in that regard is starting to change drastically. It’s not just this latest scandal about Marines going nuts in Haditha either. There’s the 11 people killed in Ishaqi, the shooting of the parents of 3 kids 18 months ago, and too many more news stories over the past year. At this point I’m starting to think that we’re doing more harm than good—not only to the Iraqi’s but to ourselves—by “staying the course.” How many civilians do we need to kill either accidentally or intentionally before it’s enough? How badly do we want the rest of the world to hate us before we decide they hate us enough?
With friends like us Iraq doesn’t need any enemies…