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September 18, 2007


William Espinosa

It's more than "doubt" about Iraq trying Blackwater contractors. The CPA decrees clearly are the "law of the land" in Iraq until repealed or modified and since the contractors don't work for DOD and we do not assert jurisdiction on the "nationality" principle, the US is helpless also.

All of this would normally be covered by a status of forces and/or diplomatic immunities bilateral treaty but these don't exist with Iraq.

The reality of course is that we are an occupying power and as such would normally have an obligation under international law to prosecute criminals in occupied territory. But neither government is going to accept that line of reasoning for obvious political reasons.

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