Thursday, December 07, 2006


kyrgyzstan is considering revoking the immunity from criminal prosecution that u.s. soldiers have in the country. this issue pops up every now and then.

every time it does i try to imagine what would happen if a bunch of nepalese soldiers were based in the u.s. one day one of them shoots and kills a u.s. citizen as who's going about his or her normal business. how would we react if we were told that the soldier can't be prosecuted for the crime? what would we do if we learned that our own government had agreed to give foreigners absolute immunity for any crime committed against americans?