In the public image of history and in film, most massacres leave only vague traces of memory. A recent comparison with Vietnam, however, could put prere on the Bush administration
On 19. November 2005 US Marines are said to have killed 24 civilians in the Iraqi city of Haditha. Democratic U.S. Representative John Murtha accuses the Pentagon of a deliberate cover-up of the massacre and states a scandal that is "even worse" than the revelations about the torture prison in Abu Ghureib. As if by itself, in the current reports, a comparison with "My Lai" suggests. Once again, anonymous statistics on the number of victims leave the media indifferent. Only special murders in the war cause a stir.
3.000 or more Taliban prisoners of war have gone unaccounted for since their surrender at the end of 2001 – during a definable phase of the war in Afghanistan (The Massacre That Mustn’t Be). In 2002, the Irish television journalist Jamie Doran presented his documentary "Afghan Massacre: Convoy of Death," which contained numerous references to massacres – some of which took place in the presence of or were witnessed by witnesses. with the knowledge of U.S. military personnel – were murdered (accusations against the U.S. Army remain unchallenged). Even before the film was broadcast on German television, two of the witnesses Doran had interviewed were murdered. Official investigations into mass graves in the northern Afghan region of Mazar-i-Sharif, which had been expected at the latest after test excavations by the U.S. organization "Physicians for Human Rights" and according to information from the UN, failed to materialize for the time being. Five years later, no one asks what happened to the case anyway.