The Beheaded Trappist Monks of Tibhirine: The Case That Won’t Go Away

View from the Left Bank: Rob Prince's Blog

(Note: This is also published at Foreign Policy In Focus)

The Case That Won’t Go Away

It’s the case that won’t go away, that of the Monks of Tibhirine (Algeria), killed and then beheaded in  March, 1996. Among the most gruesome killings in recent times, no U.S. administration in the past 17 years has deigned it important enough to press either Algeria or France to investigate.

To the contrary, the brutality of the Algerian government during the 1990s seems to have greatly impressed Washington policy makers.  Washington might talk the talk of human rights and democracy, but the U.S. has a long and sordid list of close allies who specialize in various and demented forms of mass repression, from Pinochet in Chile, the Argentinian generals, to Mobutu of the Congo, Mubarek of Egypt, Sharon of Israel, the Shah of Iran and the `Kings’ of Saudi Arabia and Qatar,  just…

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