January 5, 2010

Commentary: Blackwater, Nisoor Square and the U.S. justice system

As 2010 opens, ricochets from the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqis in 2007 are again bouncing between Baghdad and Washington, following the abrupt halt to the U.S. criminal case against five Blackwater USA security guards accused of manslaughter in the shootings. In Iraq, calls for punishment of the Americans are coming from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and from ordinary citizens. Most of all, they come from relatives of the 17 dead and the many wounded — none of whom, it appears, posed an armed threat on that tense September day in Baghdad's Nisoor Square.

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