This Week: "Rules of Engagement" (60 minutes),
Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings)
Live Discussion: Chat with producer Arun Rath Feb. 20, 11am ET
When the story behind this week's FRONTLINE broadcast first appeared in November, 2005, few paid attention:
"A U.S. Marine and 15 Iraqi civilians were killed yesterday from the blast of a roadside bomb in Haditha."
Months later, this story would be turned inside out: Now, it was twenty-four Iraqi civilians who had been killed -- and not by an insurgent's roadside bomb, but by a squad of U.S. Marines, possibly out to avenge the death of one of their own. Talk of a massacre in Haditha began filling the twenty-four hour news channels. The incident, some people said, was "another My Lai." But now, as the evidence is more closely examined, deeper questions have emerged.
What really happened that day in Haditha? And why has the truth been so elusive, even after one of the military's largest ever criminal investigations? These questions are at the heart of "Rules of Engagement," producer Arun Rath's fascinating examination of one of the most widely known, but least understood, incidents of the Iraq war.
Be assured: You likely will never see a more complete anatomy of one brief, tragic -- and endlessly complicated -- moment of war. Rath talks with the Marines of Kilo Company of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, and tracks down the Iraqi witnesses. He obtains military surveillance film of the fighting that broke out in Haditha the day of the incident, and presents the Iraqi video of the slain men, women and children, which set in motion the whole story. Throughout, Rath presses lawyers, journalists and military experts to answer a gut-wrenching question: When is the death of unarmed civilians in Iraq a justifiable act, and when does it become murder?
There are no easy answers. But these questions are important ones to ask as the Iraq war approaches its 5th anniversary next month, and as military courts assemble in a few weeks to decide the fate of two Marines charged with manslaughter for their actions that day in Haditha.
We hope you'll join us this Tuesday for "Rules of Engagement," and after, visit our Web site where you can watch it again online, read analysis of Haditha's impact on the U.S. military, key interviews, and the opportunity to join our discussion at: http://pbs.org/frontline/haditha/
+ Live Online Discussion on Washingtonpost.com ...
Producer Arun Rath will be online this Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 11am ET, to discuss "Rules of Engagement."
For details, see:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2008/02/14/DI2008021402275.html
Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers. Major funding for FRONTLINE is provided by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Park Foundation.
FRONTLINE is a registered trademark of the WGBH Educational Foundation.
We're always happy to hear from our viewers. If you have a question or comment about a FRONTLINE program, about our website, or about this bulletin, you can write to us directly by going to:http://www.pbs.org/frontline/contact/
one guest street, boston, ma. 02135http://www.pbs.org/frontline/
You're subscribed to the FRONTLINE Bulletin as: mail@...
. If you feel you've received this email in error or you wish to unsubscribe for any reason, please go to http://www.pbs.org/frontline/join/
and fill out the "unsubscribe" section. We cannot process requests to unsubscribe via email.