served up a great little essay from Aaron Glantz on our own declaration of independence, applied to Iraq:

Below are some of the complaints leveled against King George III of England on July 4, 1776.

“Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us.”

The United States military has quartered 138,000 troops in Iraq for more than two years and refuses to set a timetable for withdrawal.

“Protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States.”

A year ago, the British medical journal The Lancet reported 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died as a result of the American invasion and occupation. But American soldiers who kill Iraqis are exempt from trial in Iraqi courts. Under U.S. military policy, the families of Iraqi civilians killed “accidentally” by the U.S. military are entitled to $2,500 in compensation, but such compensation is rarely doled out.

“Depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury.”

The Pentagon estimates there are currently 11,500 “security detainees” in Iraq – more than 3,500 of them at Abu Ghraib…..