Theater of the absurd

They can’t possibly believe themselves that this is ever going to happen

Spanish Judge Issues Warrants for Three U.S. Soldiers

MADRID, Spain — A judge has issued an international arrest warrant for three U.S. soldiers whose tank fired on a Baghdad hotel during the Iraq war, killing a Spanish journalist and a Ukrainian cameraman, a court official said Wednesday.

Judge Santiago Pedraz issued the warrant for Sgt. Shawn Gibson, Capt. Philip Wolford and Lt. Col. Philip de Camp, all from the U.S. 3rd Infantry, which is based in Fort Stewart, Ga.

Jose Couso, who worked for the Spanish television network Telecinco, died April 8, 2003, after a U.S. army tank crewce of the suspects in the case being handled by Spanish justice, given the lack of judicial cooperation by U.S. authorities,” the judge said in the warrant.

This was nothing more than a tragic accident and all the pompus posturing is never going to change that fact.

2 Responses to Theater of the absurd

  1. Kevin says:

    I’d love to see the Spanish Government’s process server try to serve those warrants.

  2. “This was nothing more than a tragic accident”

    Exactly. In war “things” happen. Yes we must work to reduce their incidence. No one disputes this. But neither must we allow people to criminalize such accidents. Of course, those in Spain and elsewhere who are issuing such warrants are being dishonest; they’re just dislike our military action in Iraq and are inappropriately using the judicial system for political purposes.

    As I recall, a court in Germany tried the same thing a few years ago. Rummy gave ‘em hell over it and they backed off. We need to do the same with Spain. If we let them get away with it, we can expect more such suits. This thing has to be squashed hard and fast to discourage imitators.