American Double Standards

So now we know the identity of the US Army Staff Sergeant accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians. Staff Sgt Robert Bales is now held in a high security facility in Kansas. I heard the head of the US Army interviewed on BBC Radio this morning. He was asked why the decision had been taken to spirit Bales out of Afghanistan, when President Karzai said he should be put on trial in Afghanistan for a crime committed on Afghan soil. The General said, ‘we always do the right thing’. I heard another Army spokesman saying that when NATO went into Afghanistan, it was understood by all parties that in the event of incidents of this type, the accused soldiers would always be tried in their home countries.

Yet Christopher Tappin, the retired British businessman accused of selling batteries to the Iranians for use in missiles (but no evidence has been presented), was disgracefully extradited to the US, and is still in a high security facility in New Mexico, having been refused bail by a Texas court.

How does this work? How come it is OK for the US to insist on home country justice for an alleged multi-murderer, while denying it to an apparently respectable Englishman in his mid-60s?

Where’s the special relationship, Mr Cameron? How do you define ‘doing the right thing’, General?