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Trump’s Blackwater forgiveness sends clear message: ‘Shut up the fuck and obey’

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The Iraqis, of course, have recognized President Trump’s leniency towards the four Blackwater contractors who murdered 17 men, women and children in Baghdad’s Nisour Square for what it is. This is the latest reminder that they have no rights, however basic, the ascending global superpower is bound to uphold.

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry, reacting to Trump’s pardons Tuesday night to four convicted mercenaries, expressed outrage on Wednesday. “The department believes that this decision failed to take into account the gravity of the crime committed and was inconsistent with the US administration’s stated commitment to the values ​​of human rights, justice and the state of right, and unfortunately ignores the dignity of victims and the feelings and rights of their loved ones, ”he said. The ministry said it would urge the United States to “reconsider this decision.”

It’s unlikely. Nicholas Slatten, Dustin Heard, Evan Liberty and Paul Slough are now free men, as Trump had long predicted. But no mercy can ever erase what they and their colleagues at Blackwater did on September 16, 2007. Blackwater, with a lucrative contract to protect State Department personnel in Iraq, was guarding a USAID official. at a compound in Baghdad when a car bomb detonated two football fields. a way. A convoy of mercenaries responded to a call for reinforcement when they encountered a traffic jam at a roundabout called Nisour Square. On the downside, the Blackwater convoy fired machine gun fire at the cars.

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