Amanda Taub – “Blackwater’s Baghdad massacre is a reminder of how the US became what it hated in Iraq” – Vox

Same problem here in the United States.

“That’s what the US failed to understand in Iraq. The rule of law isn’t just the mere absence of a cruel dictator, or the existence on paper of appropriate legal statutes. Rather, those laws need to offer a true alternative to a system in which the powerful use force to prey on the weak.

For that to work, the system has to constrain the powerful — and in Iraq, that included the American forces. If it does not, people will have no choice but to accept the rule of the gun, because they will know that the powerful can freely use it against them.”

via Blackwater’s Baghdad massacre is a reminder of how the US became what it hated in Iraq – Vox.

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Amanda Taub – “Blackwater’s Baghdad massacre is a reminder of how the US became what it hated in Iraq” – Vox

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