As the Haditha rampage, apparently a product of the sheer blinding rage of Marines in the wake of an IED attack, trickles into the collective awareness of America, Reep apologists will undoubtedly attempt to minimize the horror of these actions by playing up the frustration experienced by our troops, as they attempt to pacify a hostile population which neither welcomes their presence nor trusts their intentions. (Okay, Reep apologists probably won't include that last part. It will probably be drawn along the lines of "a population that doesn't cooperate with the security forces, that gives cover to terrorists" or some other such gibberish.)
In any event, on this point, these people are absolutely right. This is an inevitable consequence of forceful occupation. This is what we've been afraid of all along.
What the Reep apologists are also going to attempt, however, is to pin the blame for this frustration on, let's say, Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan. If opponents of the war would just keep their mouths shut, we'll be told, our troops wouldn't be under the stress of being attacked by their own people as well as the occupied population.
We can safely assume that the Reeps will make this assertion because they've shown no evidence that they have any answer to the charge that this occupation, the corrosive and toxic brainchild of the corporatist scum at the heart of this administration, was undertaken for anything but the right reasons.
We know that these things happened, and we have seen not a shred of evidence that these people have changed their ways -- indeed, almost every dark and pessimistic prediction a cynic could make about the intent of this war has been confirmed. The millions who marched around the world in opposition to the invasion knew perfectly well that WMDs were not the purpose, that democracy was not the goal, that this was simply one more attack on a weak nation to benefit a relative handful of aristocrats.
And it is our troops, those who have agreed to give their lives for our country, who pay the price, not only in blood but in spirit. Because it was not the rampaging soldiers, or the dead civilians, or Michael Moore, or even Saddam Hussein who created this situation. This war belongs to one small group of (mostly) rich white men, men who sold their souls for wealth and power a long time ago, and now seem intent on dragging America down into Hell with them.