Today is the first Sunday in July but that big color photo on the front page of today’s NY Times is not a scene of vacationers cavorting on the beach. Those crowds in the sunny (not Suni!)
It’s our weekend celebration of Independence Day,
Meanwhile, our attempt to free others has gone terribly awry. A few weeks ago when Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki acted as if he were the freely elected leader of an independent country and suggested that he might offer amnesty to some insurgents, American politicians from both the left and the right cried foul.
The Prime Minister eventually said that attacks on American soldiers would not be pardoned. He was quoted in the NY Times as saying, “Americans came to
But should he be compelled to tie his hands to paper over our gravest shortcomings? Consider the report in yesterday’s paper that American soldiers raped an Iraqi woman in her home and then killed her and three family members, including a child. Had the soldiers only (only!) killed innocent civilians, we might be inclined to imagine scenarios of mistaken identity or extreme stress under combat conditions leading to a deadly outcome, but once the sexual violation is added to the event, potential excuses dissolve.