President of the United States Donald Trump has today pardoned a number of people and there was the usual political pond feeders, liars and scammers and fraudsters in there, but nothing out of the ordinary for the political times we live in and then I spotted this ……..
Donald has gone too far and he has pardoned 4 men who between them murdered 17 Iraqi’s. They worked for the disgraced Blackwater Security and it seems these guys decided to go John Wayne on people who just were going about their daily life in the market square.
Dustin Heard – killing Iraqi civilians – Full pardon
Evan Liberty – killing Iraqi civilians – Full pardon
Nicholas Slatten – killing Iraqi civilians -Full pardon
Paul Slough – killing Iraqi civilians – Full pardon
The crimes took place whilst they were escorting a diplomatic convoy and they opened fire with machine guns, rocket launchers and sniper rifles in a busy market square, killing 17. Their defence was they thought…they saw a suicide bomber but it is more a case of they panicked I think and opened fire. The upshot was that they had left 17 dead.
Now I am sure that some people in the United States are delighted with this but what does it say to the very people we are trying to convince that we in the West stand for a higher moral authority. It says in a way that we can be pardoned for just about anything and everything, even murder and it is wrong. We must be held to a higher standard especially when supposedly liberating a foreign land.
There are still 17 people lying dead because of their actions and it cannot be just wiped away by the signature of an outgoing President.
Justice must be seen to be done and people must feel that the deaths of their loved ones cannot be brushed under a carpet, otherwise it will be a wound that will fester and grow and cause unrest and are the 4 above really worth that? They committed the act and the judicial system in the United States found them guilty and it is wrong on every level to just pardon them. It is almost as if President Trump is saying the dead don’t matter.
At the time of the massacre, Blackwater contractors were notorious in Baghdad and frequently accused of firing shots at the slightest pretext, including to clear their way in traffic. The shooting in the traffic circle stood out for the number killed, but was far from an isolated event in Iraq at the time. The pardons reflect Trump’s apparent willingness to give the benefit of the doubt to American servicemembers and contractors when it comes to acts of violence in warzones against civilians. (Daily Mail).
I think the way it is going we in the West can no longer have the moral high ground as this in effect tells those very people we supposedly went to give freedom too in the Gulf Wars that their lives don’t matter.
It would have been far better to have released them without the pardon and leave that stain on their records as it is a stain, rather than wipe it out as moral high-ground is slowly but surely being eradicated away and that will be a very sad day because if we have no morals when we fight, then what is the point of fighting for people to have freedom, democracy and the chance of a better life.