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Friday, July 11, 2008


War crime watch

In the midst of the grand war crimes which were the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, individual war crimes are committed on a regular basis. In today's news, Marines admitted shooting and killing four handcuffed Iraqi prisoners, and the U.K. agreed to pay compensation (hat tip Cursor) for the beating death (93 separate injuries!) while in detention of an Iraqi suspected of being an insurgent.

And how well is that Western "justice" doing? The first case occurred in Fallujah in 2004, and is just coming to trial four years later; the second occurred in 2003, and only one person has spent time in prison (a whole year!), and only because he was silly enough to plead guilty to "inhumane treatment"; seven others were either acquitted or had the charges against them dropped.

Think these are isolated incidents? Of course you don't. The only reason both of these incidents came to light is because of extraordinary circumstances. 99% of such incidents undoubtedly never see the light of day, thanks to omerta, the "code of silence."

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