I've often wondered how we can say to ourselves that a Bomber crew dumping tons of bombs on a city killing thousands of innocent civilians is different then a soldier that during combat killed a bunch of equally innocent civilians.
In both cases the intent is clear, the bomber crew and the soldier on the ground are tools of the nation for which they fight, and the civilians they kill are innocent pawns of our enemies.
It's been suggested to me that because the soldier on the ground can see the faces of those he kills in combat that some how he is personally responsible while the aircrew is not, because the aircrew cannot see what those are attacking.
In Haditha the events are clear enough for all but the most die hard defenders of our enemies. Our Marines were attacked, one was killed, several were injured and they fought back. That should have been the end of the story, this was not some preassigned attack meant to eradicate a village, or an example of genocide carried out against a selected bunch of people by elite troops, it was self defense as Marines are allowed to do under the rules of engagement they have to abide by.
And it is only an issue because a man that hates his Corps and country more then the truth is willing to lie and condemn those that once were his fellow Marines while they defend this country for him.