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Sunday, March 18, 2007

British 'Justice' and getting away with war crimes

Don’t you love how the British troops who beat and tortured Iraqi civilians for 36 hours (killing one) have all been let off – all of them – no one is guilty of torturing civilians, no one is guilty for any one of the 93 blows on one mans body alone – we know the torturers names though, we know who did the beatings we know who did what – but no one has been found guilty – why? Because they were following orders.

Because they were following orders – let’s just suck up the historic resonance that gives when you hear that defense. Isn’t it amazing that ‘our’ side are now using Nazi justifications? Is this what being involved in the Iraq war has cost the West?

Of course there will be a rush to point out some equally horrific atrocity committed somewhere by a bunch of Islamic whack jobs and demand some attention to that while I’m painting out British beatings – what our double standard friends fail to realize is that we hold up ‘our’ side to a much higher standard because we are democracies and we do hold human rights above all else, and the tragic hypocrisy is that we are supposed to be fighting this war FOR democracy and human rights.

The regiment that these torturers came from had a home coming recently where they marched and paraded to cheering British crowds. The Iraqi’s who were tortured by this regiment were shown those cheering crowds and asked by BBC’s Panorama doco series how it made them feel, to see those who had tortured them walking home free to celebration parades. The fury on one of the Iraqi’s faces was a lesson in rage, he got up and walked away asking for the camera to be turned off - I had little doubt the insurgency gained another willing fighter that day.

Judge clears British officers of allowing Iraqi prisoner abuse
THE final two British soldiers on trial over allegations of abusing Iraqi prisoners were cleared yesterday, amid claims they should never have been prosecuted. Major Michael Peebles, 35, and Warrant Officer Mark Davies, 37, both of the Intelligence Corps, were among seven men accused of failing to prevent troops under their command from ill-treating nine suspected insurgents in Basra in 2003. The death of Baha Musa, a hotel worker, prompted an investigation and trial estimated to have cost about £20 million. Major Peebles and WO Davies were charged with negligently performing the duty of ensuring the Iraqis were not ill-treated by men under their command.

Last month, four of the soldiers standing trial, including Colonel Jorge Mendonca, 43, were cleared on the judge's orders due to a lack of evidence. The prosecution alleged Iraqi detainees were beaten, hooded, deprived of sleep and made to hold stress positions over a 36-hour period. The court heard that the rough handling of the detainees was known as "conditioning" and was meant to soften them up ahead of tactical questioning. The Crown said such techniques were banned under the Geneva Convention and the laws of armed conflict. But the court heard the practice was authorised by top officers in the Gulf.


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