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Sunday, May 23, 2004

Liberation Comes in Many Guises 

Let's see now...

We've invaded them, killed them, raped them, molested them, abused them, tortured them, displaced them--and all of this after propping up one of the twentieth centuries more brutal dictators, within their country, for decades--and just for good measure, like the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae, we take away their right to seek justice in court.

IRAQIS LOSE RIGHT TO SUE TROOPS OVER WAR CRIMES (The Observer, UK)

British and American troops are to be granted immunity from prosecution in Iraq after the crucial 30 June handover, undermining claims that the new Iraqi government will have 'full sovereignty' over the state.

Despite widespread ill-feeling about the abuse of prisoners by American forces and allegations of mistreatment by British troops, coalition forces will be protected from any legal action.

They will only be subject to the domestic law of their home countries. Military sources have told The Observer that the question of immunity was central to obtaining military agreement on a new United Nations resolution on Iraq to be published by the middle of next month.

The new resolution will lift the arms embargo against Iraq, allowing the country to rearm its 80,000-strong army in readiness for taking over the nation's security once coalition forces finally leave.


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