The Problem with the Blackwater Indictments
So, five Blackwater guards have been indicted on charges related to a 2007 shooting in which 17 Iraqis were killed. Blackwater hired guns should be held accountable for their actionsâ€”actions that Iraqis call premeditated murder. However, I see a major problem with this. As I said whenÂ light sentencesÂ were given out to U.S. soldiers for murdering Iraqi civilians:Â “We should never forget that since the invasion and occupation of Iraq was itself aggressive, unnecessary, and immoralâ€“every Iraqi killed by U.S. troops could be said to beÂ murdered.”
The government criticizing Blackwater is the ultimate case of the pot calling the kettle black. It diverts people’s attention from the criminality of the war. The most ardent supporters of the war canÂ condemn Blackwater guards while at the same time lauding U.S. soldiers as defenders of our freedoms even though they have unleashed a genocide in Iraq. It is hard toÂ get excited about the indictments of the Blackwater guards whenÂ I see no indictments forthcoming of George Bush, Robert Gates, and Donald Rumsfeld.