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U.S. and U.K. Attack Troops for Fighting Their Wars


Governments of the United States and United Kingdom have been fighting wars against Islamic terrorists ever since jihadists attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001. Yet during this entire time they have refused to win. Even worse, they have turned on their own troops, prosecuting them and even imprisoning them for doing what they were ordered to do. Two of the more recent high-profile cases of this betrayal are that of alleged former CIA officer Sabrina De Sousa and that of Royal Marine Alexander Blackman.

The practice of the American government favoring Islamic jihadists over its own troops and personnel is now an old story; one that has been repeated far too often over the past 15 years. Some of the personnel it has attacked are now imprisoned; others it is continually battling; still others are dead due to restrictions and rules of engagement that favor the enemy. There seems to be a never-ending amount of national security personnel the U.S. wants to destroy, or that it refuses to help when the world wants to destroy them for the U.S. One such person is Sabrina De Sousa.

De Sousa allegedly worked for the CIA during the George W. Bush administration. After an event in Italy during 2003, Italian courts convicted her in absentia in 2009, and Italy is now pressing Portugal (where she currently is living) to extradite her.

“What’s happening to her is inherently wrong,” Hoekstra told “You’ve got an alleged case officer who’s going to go to jail [for] doing exactly what the American government … asked her to do.”

United Kingdom troops haven’t faced any better treatment from their government. Like its U.S. counterpart, the U.K. government has engaged in the repulsive behavior of sympathizing with enemies while attacking those it sends to fight them. One of the more prominent cases right now is that of Royal Marine Alexander Blackman.

Blackman killed someone on the battlefield. For that, the U.K. government imprisoned him. But thanks to a strong campaign from some British citizens, he might yet receive justice.

But the Criminal Cases Review Commission, after an 11-month investigation, has decided there is a real possibility that Blackman’s murder conviction will be quashed on appeal. . . .

I have grave doubts about the real motives behind the way he has been treated, which fits into an unprecedented pattern of victimisation by their own government of British troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland. . . .

I believe the reality is that Blackman was the scapegoat of politicians who sought to appease the critics of a series of unpopular wars and who allowed themselves to be misled by politically motivated lawyers and activists into believing that British soldiers were out of control and needed to have an example set to rein them in.

The governments of the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have behaved dishonorably for the past 15 years. Their refusal to win wars they easily could win is shameful enough. But their double betrayal by persecuting and prosecuting their own troops rises to the level of a national disgrace for each country. The U.S. should intervene on behalf of Sabrina De Sousa. The U.K. should free Alexander Blackman. And both governments should end their attacks on all their troops, freeing the ones they’ve imprisoned and apologizing to them all.


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