Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Iraqi ambassador says Marines killed his cousin

The United States put the current Iraqi government into place via an invasion. Now they find that the new Iraqi Ambassador to the US, Samir Sumaidaie, is saying that US Marines executed his cousin for no apparent reason.

With the Haditha massacre fresh in the news revelations from a top official of the Iraqi government can only make matters worse.

Sumaidaie says he learned about the Haditha murders from a member of his security detail who had relatives in Haditha. He said he was not inclined to believe them at first and attributed them to rumour. But as time went by he became convinced that a massacre had taken place purpetrated by US military forces. He also says that in a separate incident in Haditha a cousin of his was executed by Marines. He said Marines were going door to door searching homes and his counsin let him in. He says his cousin's mother and siblings were present.

During an interview on CNN Sumaidaie said: "I believe he was killed intentionally. I believe that he was killed unnecessarily. And unfortunately, the investigations that took place after that sort of took a different course and concluded that there was no unlawful killing.

I would like further investigation. I have, in fact, asked for the report of the last investigation, which was a criminal investigation, by the way."

The Ambassador also said he knows of another incident where people were pulled out of a taxi and excuted. US forces have already admitted that in Haditha four passangers and a driver were pulled out of a taxi at Haditha and summarily executed yet they were innocent of any wrong doing. As this blog has said before: when you have a president who acts illegally and unconstitutionally one should not be surprised when those he commands do the same. Once the top commander flouts the law his underlings will follow.