As part of a plan to mend sectarian strife, Iraq’s prime minister has proposed extending amnesty to insurgents and opposition figures who have not been involved in terrorist activities.
Lawmakers are still trying to ascertain the details of the reconciliation plan that Nouri al-Maliki released on Sunday. It came out after a week of intense debate in Washington over the deployment of U.S. forces and political posturing on the war months before November’s elections.
Michigan Sen. Carl Levin, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said extending amnesty to anyone responsible for killing U.S. troops was “unconscionable.”
“For heaven’s sake, we liberated that country,” Levin said on “FOX News Sunday.” “We got rid of a horrific dictator. We’ve paid a tremendous price. More than 2,500 Americans have given up their lives. The idea that they should even consider talking about amnesty for people who have killed people who liberated their country is unconscionable.”
Well, shouldn’t we respect a sovereign nation’s right to govern as it wishes?
[Sen. John Warner, R-Va.] said the U.S. government will not dictate, but will consult with Iraqi officials on all aspects of the plan.
“I want the Iraqi people to take this decision unto themselves and make it correctly,” Warner said. “And I hope it comes out … no amnesty for anyone who committed an act of violence, of war crimes.”
What does the Prime Minister of Iraq say?
In presenting the plan to the Iraqi parliament, al-Maliki said Sunday that insurgent killers would not escape justice regardless of whether their victims were Iraqis or U.S.-led coalition forces.
“The launch of this national reconciliation initiative should not be read as a reward for the killers and criminals or acceptance of their actions,” he said.
I should hope not.