Looks like the new Iraqi government isn’t too happy with all the bad news about U.S. troops committing atrocities. They’re planning on asking the U.N. to strip the troops of their immunity from Iraqi law:
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq will ask the United Nations to end immunity from local law for U.S. troops, the government said on Monday, as the U.S. military named five soldiers charged in a rape-murder case that has outraged Iraqis.
In an interview a week after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki demanded a review of foreign troops’ immunity, Human Rights Minister Wigdan Michael said work on it was now under way and a request could be ready by next month to go to the U.N. Security Council, under whose mandate U.S.-led forces operate in Iraq.
“We’re very serious about this,” she said, adding a lack of enforcement of U.S. military law in the past had encouraged soldiers to commit crimes against Iraqi civilians.
“We formed a committee last week to prepare reports and put it before the cabinet in three weeks. After that, Maliki will present it to the Security Council. We will ask them to lift the immunity,” Michael said.
It’s highly unlikely that Iraq will see its request granted and that’s only likely to further inflame the citizenry and contribute to ongoing failure to win the hearts and minds of Iraqis. Bush has said repeatedly that he’d pull us out of Iraq if the new government demanded it. One is left to wonder how much longer it’ll be before they finally do ask, whether their ready to stand on their own or not.