The good news is that Jordan stopped lying and covering up the massacre of 3 Green Berets by a Jordanian terrorist in uniform.
Here’s how it was being covered up initially back in Nov 4, 2016.
At least three U.S. military trainers in Jordan were fatally shot by security forces Friday when their vehicle failed to stop at the gate of a military base, Jordanian and U.S. officials said.
Earlier, Jordan’s military said there was “an exchange of gunfire” after the vehicle’s driver ignored demands to stop outside an air base in southern Jordan. A Jordanian officer was injured, the statement said.
The U.S. official said two of the service members died later in Jordan’s capital, Amman, where they were airlifted for treatment.
Last November, a Jordanian police captain opened fire in an international police training facility, killing two Americans and three others. The government subsequently portrayed the police captain as troubled.
A little something happened since then. Barack Hussein Obama gave way to Donald J. Trump. In June of this year, the killer was put on trial. Now he’s been convicted.
A Jordanian military court convicted a Jordanian soldier of murder and sentenced him to life in prison for the November 2016 shooting of three members of the U.S. Army Special Forces outside an air base.
The three service members, known as Green Berets, were Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen, 27, of Lawrence, Kan.; Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe, 30, of Tucson, Ariz.; and Staff Sgt. James F. Moriarty, 27, of Kerrville, Tex.
Jordan had initially sided with Tuwayha’s account, saying the Americans had spurred the attack by failing to follow entry rules, the AP reports, but they later withdrew that claim.
“We are reassured to see the perpetrator brought to justice,” the Pentagon said in a statement to NPR. “We appreciate the access provided to us and to the families of the victims, as well as the expedience and seriousness of the court proceedings, consistent with Jordanian law.”
“Despite this tragedy, Jordan remains a strategic partner,” the statement added.
Surveillance video of the encounter was not publicly screened, but was shown to relatives of the victims. “Relatives said the video showed that the gunfight lasted about six minutes and that Sergeant Tawayha had reloaded and opened fire, even though the Americans waved their hands and yelled: ‘We’re Americans! We’re friendly,’ “ The New York Times reports.
Tuwayha is a member of a tribe called the Howeitat.
“We condemn this ruling against this nation’s son, who was defending himself and his country and was shot by the Americans who refused to stop at the base,” the tribe said in a statement about the court’s decision, according to the newspaper. “Is Arab blood cheap and American blood more worthy? This is an unjust ruling.”
A life sentence can mean 20 years in Jordan, the AP reports; Tuwayha’s defense attorney said he would appeal the ruling.
So yes, this isn’t over.
The locals will turn the killer into a hero, as they did for the Jordanian soldier who murdered 7 Israeli schoolgirls at the Island of Peace massacre. He was turned into a hero and eventually released. This is part of a pattern. Once the story dies down, the killers goes free.