In terms of how the new Iraq is going to find its way forward, it makes sense for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to seek a way to make some kind of peace with the insurgency. And peace might necessitate some kind of forgiveness. That is why Maliki’s new 24-point national reconciliation plan proposes amnesty, though only to “those not proven involved in crimes, terrorist activities and war crimes against humanity.” In a televised address Wednesday, he stressed that “will exclude fighters who killed Iraqis or soldiers of the multinational forces.” But could the Iraqi government be sure it doesn’t give amnesty to any insurgents with American blood on their hands? And how much should the United States meddle in this important step?
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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