We Can Always Bring Them Home, al

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki wants to subject US troops to Iraqi criminal proceedings.

“We believe that the immunity given to members of coalition forces encouraged them to commit such crimes in cold blood (and) that makes it necessary to review it,” al-Maliki told reporters during a visit to Kuwait.

Lexington Herald-Leader | 07/06/2006 | Iraq calls for review of U.S. troop immunity

I think “al” needs to be reminded of three things:

  1. Victors call the shots. Apparently not understanding this is a common failing among Moslems, Arabs or both. Like the Israelis, we can be quite magnanimous to those we defeat handily in war, but that does not turn the vanquished into victors.
  2. After we won, we put his government in power. Yes, there was an election. An election that wouldn’t have happened without US support and, most importantly, US troops.
  3. Those troops can come home.

The failure of the military and civilian leadership to ensure that soldiers, sailors and Marines accused of killing Iraqis (and jailed for months without actually being charged with any crime) aren’t given the basic rights given to accused child murderers at home or terrorists at Guantanamo Bay is the single biggest failing of the Bush administration, with no other act even coming close. This Kerryesque flip-flopping failure to support the troops is bad enough. Subjecting the US military to the same kangaroo courts currently trying Saddam Hussein would be unconscionable. Bringing them home would be preferable.


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