The LA Times has a fascinating story that digs into the cultural difference between Iraq and the US when it comes to justice. For the Iraqis in this story, the admission of wrongdoing comes first, then an apology, and then payment. In the American civil justice system, payment typically comes without admission of wrongdoing. Given that Blackwater is being sued by some families of those killed in wounded at Nisour Square Sept. 17, I don't see Blackwater's lawyers consenting to an apology anytime soon.
BAGHDAD — He refused to take the Americans' blood money.
Mohammed Hafidh Abdul-Razzaq had been summoned by U.S. Embassy officials who wanted to make amends for the killing of his 10-year-old son. The boy died during a shooting involving employees of Blackwater Worldwide, the U.S. security firm.
Deputy Chief of Mission Patricia A. Butenis told him that she was sorry for what had happened, Abdul-Razzaq recalled. She gave him a sealed envelope. It had his name written on it. Abdul-Razzaq pushed it away.
"I told her I refuse to receive any amount," the auto parts dealer said. "My father is a tribal sheik, and we're not used to taking any amount unless the concerned will come and confess and apologize. Then we will talk about compensation."