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Friday, November 04, 2005

Memory Hole Here We Come

So everything's alright then? Our Boys didn't really kill that Iraqi. Just a bunch of self-serving Iraqis, do-gooder lawyers and incompetent investigators cooking up a case in order to get some "blood money" from our much maligned armed forces. Everything tied up quite neatly really. Apart from this:
Judge Blackett said that notwithstanding the weaknesses in the investigation, there was sufficient evidence to conclude that “Nadhem is dead”, and that he died “as a result of an assault” — he had bruises to his head and was groaning and vomiting — and that the “assault was carried out by Corporal Evans’s section”. However, he said it was up to the prosecution to prove that the stop and search "degenerated into the illegal use of force and that all the soldiers were part of a joint enterprise".
Legalistic caveats aside, that's pretty damning. Much better to emphasise the other angles; we can't be letting ourselves get distracted by wishy-washy concepts like justice.

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