...and must be held to account under law for the incident that occurred in Nasoor Square a few weeks ago.Â All accounts are that the Iraqi uproar is growing, and aÂ senior U.S. military official said that it could be worse than the effect the Abu Ghraib prison scandal had on ourÂ mission.Â (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/25/AR2007092502675.html?hpid=topnews)
U.S. military reports were already (last week) reporting that the attacks were without provocation and with excessive force.Â They "were obviously excessive, it was obviously wrong."Â (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/04/AR2007100402654.html?hpid=topnews&sid=ST2007100402755)
Now, the Iraqi government has completed its investigation, has upped the number of civilians killed in the incident to 17 (from 10), and is suggesting that the Blackwater employees have to be held to legal account for what they are calling "intentional murder".Â (http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5j4L1VeJBtnJF5C_M43uS-2xd0peg)
The US and Iraqis are working together to try to address the wider issue of parameters for private security contractors.Â Their commission also met today.
If the uproar over the Blackwater incident is as serious and growing as reports seem to indicate, and that it could exceed the fallout from Abu Ghraib, we are in an even more precarious position than we were in last month.Â No matter how the surge is working or not working.