Ali Kinani, 1998-2007
Thank you, Jeremy Scahill, for "Blackwater’s Youngest Victim" [Feb. 22]. I was incredibly moved by Mohammed Kinani’s fight to see that his son did not die in vain and that justice will be done. As a father of two young children, I cannot imagine the heartache and grief Kinani is suffering every day. Scahill has shown us that there are people on the other side we can identify with and who deserve our attention.
KEVIN M. BROWN
Thank goodness for Jeremy Scahill. His articles are always compelling, but I had not felt a deep sense of rage until I read Mohammed Kinani’s account of the loss of his 9-year-old son, Ali, in Nisour Square in 2007. Kinani’s admiration of America and Americans, despite this horrific loss, will be sorely misplaced if we fail to bring these Blackwater barbarians to trial. I extend my deepest sympathies to Mohammed and his family and will petition our government to pursue justice so that his simple demand for an apology can be satisfied.
This is the Nation I have been renewing my subscription for. I found myself weeping at Mohammed Kinani’s description of those horrific moments that robbed his family of its youngest son, and other families of their loved ones. My heart swelled and then broke with the realization that the principles that Kinani considers to be American did not die along with his son that September day in Nisour Square. It is with a great sense of hope in those same principles that I look forward to seeing Blackwater founder Erik Prince, the six men responsible and the Blackwater company face Kinani in a North Carolina courtroom in the very near future. Please keep us updated on the trial.
J. DARRELL STRICKLAND
And Now, How About Some Democracy?
In "How to Get Our Democracy Back" [Feb. 22], Lawrence Lessig describes how enormous pools of corporate wealth have compromised the integrity and effectiveness of Congress. I agree with Lessig’s analysis, but I think the core problem is vast corporate wealth that no government can regulate. As long as so much wealth remains in so few hands, we can be sure that permanent war will continue to enrich the likes of Lockheed and GE, that factory farming will continue to enrich the likes of Monsanto and ADM, and that financial bubbles will continue to enrich the Citigroups of the world.
Congress is not the problem; it’s just a symptom. The multinational corporations and the government agencies that serve them–the Pentagon, Federal Reserve, USDA, etc.–will remain in control until we overturn the legal fiction of corporate personhood. Only a democratic revolution can stop them. Go to movetoamend.org to sign the petition. Congress will follow if the people lead.