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U.S. Troops Behaving Badly

If this account is accurate, someone needs to get U.S. troops in line (and a court martial may even be in order). Destroying orchards to punish whole communities for failing to provide information on the Iraqi resistance seems perislouly close to burning the village in order to save it (and seems to be a pretty clear violation of internatinal law). Given the importance of fruit trees in that part of the world, it’s also likely to be quite counterproductive. As commented here, “If I were a child, and remote, powerful strangers came and cut down my trees…I would never again believe that they were the good guys.” (Link via Mark Kleiman)

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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