WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump’s resolution to pardon army contractors jailed for a civilian bloodbath in Baghdad will additional embolden American troopers to perform atrocities, antiwar activist Phil Wilayto informed Sputnik.
On Tuesday, Trump granted full pardons to 4 former Blackwater contractors convicted in reference to the demise of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians, together with two kids, in Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007.
Wilayto additionally mentioned the pardoning undermines the authority of the United States and its relations with nations reminiscent of Iraq.
Wilayto disputed Trump’s declare that the pardons had been broadly supported by the general public.
“That’s highly unlikely, given the sad fact that most of the US public probably doesn’t even remember the Nisour Square massacre, so it’s not a move likely to win him any new supporters,” Wilayto mentioned.
REUTERS / ERIN SCOTTUS President Donald Trump poses on the Truman Balcony of the White House after getting back from being hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center for coronavirus illness (COVID-19) therapy, in Washington, U.S. October 5, 2020
Wilayto famous that the pardons got simply three days after Trump tweeted a name for a “big protest” in Washington on January sixth, the day Congress is scheduled to certify the presidential election. After the tweet, the activist mentioned, excessive right-wing teams instantly started planning for the occasion.
However, regardless of these developments, Wilayto mentioned he doesn’t consider Trump is motivated to construct an American empire or to dominate the world militarily because the US elite count on most presidents to do.
Wilayto mentioned he believes Trump misplaced the 2020 presidential election as a result of the US ruling class misplaced confidence in his willingness and skill to defend the empire.
“And they know that President-elect Joe Biden has proven himself to be a faithful servant of the ruling class, more than willing to support wars on innocent countries if it serves the interests of US corporations,” he concluded.