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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

But...but that would mean Iraq had some sovereignty!

Iraq's puppet prime minister Nuri al-Maliki has "called for a review of coalition forces' immunity from Iraqi prosecution."
In a scathing statement, the Iraqi Islamic Party, the Sunni political movement, said the country must take a clear stand against these "immoral violations."

"The punishment for the perpetrators of this crime should be severe and they should stand trial in an Iraqi court," the group said.

"The occupation forces have continuously committed crimes and crossed the line by torturing prisoners, bombing homes, massacring families, destroying land and property and raiding hospitals.

"And now their latest crime, a heinous one, revealed -- the rape of a pure Mahmoudiya girl of no more than 16 years of age -- assaulting her, then killing her and her family and burning them; this was committed by a group of morally perverted American soldiers," the statement said.
The military, of course, defends the indefensible:
The "acts of a few should not outweigh the deeds of the many," Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, spokesman for coalition forces in Iraq, told reporters Wednesday.

These forces "put their lives on the line for Iraqi citizens" every day, he said. He compared the U.S. sense of accountability with Saddam Hussein's ousted regime, which he said was unaccountable.