«As in My Lai [massacre no Vietname em 1968], the army's first response was to cover up. The marines gave money to the victims' families, perhaps to buy silence. The official story was that 15 Iraqi civilians were killed by the same bomb that killed the marine, and that another eight victims were ?gunmen?. Courageous reporting by Time magazine has exposed that account as a lie. Most of the dead were killed in their homes; most and maybe all were unarmed; and they may have been killed in cold blood, not in the heat of battle. Only after Time gave the army its findings did the Pentagon launch an investigation of its own.»
The Economist, ed. 1 de Junho de 2006.