Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Not justice, but some consolation

Three years ago, cameraman Jose Couso was killed when a US tank deliberately fired on his Baghdad hotel room. Today, a Spanish court issued international arrest warrants for three US soldiers in the tank's crew on murder charges. While it is unlikely they will ever be extradited to stand trial, the warrants will follow them forever - they will die as hunted men, unable to leave their country for fear of arrest. While it's not justice, it is at least some consolation, and an important symbolic victory for those who think that war is not a blank cheque for murder.