Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Amnesty for terrorists

I'm not making it up.
Take a look:

Anthony Cordesman, an Iraq expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies who says he has been involved in informal talks, said U.S. and Iraqi authorities need to split the insurgency and persuade as many Sunni elements as possible to join the peaceful political process.

"This does not mean blanket amnesty," he said. It could, however, mean negotiations that lead to "pardoning or ignoring the actions of movements and opposition elements that supported the insurgency when this was done out of nationalism, fear," Cordesman said.

The Pentagon is helping formulate an amnesty policy, but officials stressed that the work is in the early stages and is being carried out in response to requests by Iraqi authorities, who are desperate to be seen as leading the process.

A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of security and political concerns, said the American government hopes people who took part in crimes against Iraqi, U.S. or coalition personnel or civilians would face justice.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, indeed. Said the government hopes they would face justice...

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