Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Murdering prisoners

The latest scandal to hit US forces in Iraq? The outright murder of prisoners. Three soldiers are facing charges of premeditated murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, communicating a threat and obstruction of justice for shooting three prisoners in cold blood, and then threatening to kill another soldier if he told anyone about it. The good news here is that they've been charged very quickly; the murders took place just over a month ago, and an investigation was ordered the same day. The bad news is that rather than being charged in civilian court, they will be judged by the military, which doesn't exactly have a good record on holding its own to account. Still, we can always hope...