Monday, April 12, 2004

Wait just a goddam minute

As the occupying authority, under international law, we don't have the option to "capture or kill" anybody in Iraq. That may be the choice when a nation is at war, but under occupation authority we're limited by civilian law. Even if we have evidence that al-Sadr fomented insurgency, even if we have evidence that he committed murder, we can't kill him. I don't know much about international law, but I'm pretty sure that's called summary punishment, illegal in any context except in a true wartime theater.

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