About That Barrel We’re Over . . . .
The men are accused of murdering three Iraqi detainees in cold blood close to the central city of Samarra in May. The defence say the men were killed as they tried to escape, and argue there is insufficient evidence to proceed.
Maybe the defense is telling the truth. Perhaps America is safer now that these three men are dead. But “killed while trying to escape” ranks up there with “your papers, comrade” in scary police-state clichés and it’s not what I grew up associating with America.
At least the military is pursuing this rather than trying to cover it up. And I’m pretty sure that when anyone in the administration is asked about this, the “few bad apples” excuse will come up again. But how many bad apples does it take before you should give up on the whole barrel?