Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Blackwater Merc Indictments Miss the Mark

The elephant-in-the-room noted in "AP Hearts Blackwater" is voiced very well by Laurence Vance in "The Problem with the Blackwater Indictments," at AntiWar Blog:

So, five Blackwater guards have been indicted on charges related to a 2007 shooting in which 17 Iraqis were killed. Blackwater hired guns should be held accountable for their actions—actions that Iraqis call premeditated murder. However, I see a major problem with this. As I said when light sentences were given out to U.S. soldiers for murdering Iraqi civilians: ”We should never forget that since the invasion and occupation of Iraq was itself aggressive, unnecessary, and immoral—every Iraqi killed by U.S. troops could be said to be murdered.”

The government criticizing Blackwater is the ultimate case of the pot calling the kettle black. It diverts people’s attention from the criminality of the war. The most ardent supporters of the war can condemn Blackwater guards while at the same time lauding U.S. soldiers as defenders of our freedoms even though they have unleashed a genocide in Iraq. It is hard to get excited about the indictments of the Blackwater guards when I see no indictments forthcoming of George Bush, Robert Gates, and Donald Rumsfeld.

When Saddam was being tried, sentenced, and executed, guess whose role in arming and abetting Saddam was concealed, downplayed, or falsified? The same infallible U.S. government responsible for the death of half a million Iraqi children through a decade of sanctions (prior to the March '03 invasion and subsequent deposition of said tyrant).

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