Saturday, August 30, 2014

Is Blackwater Finally Going to Be Held Accountable for Civilian Deaths?

August 28, 2014
Controversial case is one of few in which US forces have been tried for civilian deaths in Iraq.
One of the darkest days of the US occupation of Iraq was relived in a Washington courtroom on Wednesday as the prosecution of four Blackwater security contractors accused of killing 14 civilians in a mistaken attack in Baghdad reached an emotional and legal climax. Seven years after the bloody shooting in Baghdad’s Nisour Square that left a total of 17 Iraqis dead and more than 20 seriously wounded, jurors were told of the “shocking amount of death, injury and destruction” that saw “innocent men, women and children mowed down” by private guards working for the US State Department                                              > closing arguments <
I am unable to switch off trying to fathom what I've seen heard and read all day.
There were a lot of mix messages coming out from Ramallah, Gaza and Tel Aviv.
First Mahmoud Abbas announced that Netayahu agreed to A Palestinian State based of the 1967 borders. This was immediately denied by Netanyahus' office. Then there were celebrations in Gaza with speakers proclaiming victory. Then Mark Regev blamed Hamas for prolonging the war by a month unnecessarily. Saying that had they accepted the 'same' terms they signed on now a month ago, they would have saved hundreds of lives. Then Mahmoud Abbas agreeing with him while saying that if Netanyahu did not agree to the 1967 borders he has a few answers for him. What are those answers I wander?
In the meantime the Neo-Nazis occupying forces are carrying out mass abductions in the West Bank, from Hebrone in the South to Jenin in the north, house demolitions, building a six story 'YASHIVA' building in Sheikh Jarrah and to top it all the squatters are burning meadows near Nablus. Where are the PAs' security forces while all this is going on? Carrying the duties they were commissioned to do, I suppose! Protecting the occupation not the occupied.
Is it any wander I can't sleep?
Good night all.