It All Depends on Your Definition of Sovereignty...

Sovereignty, according to (so'v'?r-i'n-ti, so'v'ri'n-)
1. Supremacy of authority or rule as exercised by a sovereign or sovereign state.
2. Royal rank, authority, or power.
3. Complete independence and self-government.
4. A territory existing as an independent state.
Sovereignty, according to the U.S. and British "liberation" forces (via MSNBC):
U.K. forces break into Basra jail to free soldiers
Britain sent in troops to free two undercover soldiers in Basra in southern Iraq after discovering they had been handed over by Iraqi police to local militia, the army said on Tuesday. The men were arrested on charges of shooting two Iraqi policemen.
The two undercover soldiers were rescued after a day of rioting in Basra, sparked when they were said by police and local officials to have fired on an Iraqi police patrol.
"What happened yesterday was that two of our service men were arrested by Iraqi police and under the law as it stands they should have been handed back to the military authorities," said British Defense Secretary John Reid.
He's right. Occupation forces have immunity from prosecution.
Furious crowds pelted British armored vehicles with rocks and petrol bombs after the incident in which the British undercover soldiers were said to have fired on Iraqi police.
The events raised questions about how much sovereignty Iraqi authorities really were granted when the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority handed over power to an interim Iraqi government in the summer of 2004.
The arrests of the two Britons on Monday appeared to have been the first real and public test of how far that sovereignty extends. There have been no known incidents of Iraqi authorities arresting U.S. soldiers operating in the Iraqi heartland.
Mohammed al-Waili, the governor of Basra province, condemned the British for raiding the prison, an act he called "barbaric, savage and irresponsible."
Aquil Jabbar, an Iraqi television cameraman who lives across the street from the Basra jail, said about 150 Iraqi prisoners fled as British commandos stormed inside and rescued their comrades.
You know Basra, it's the calm city.

And if I hear any of you calling this an occupation...

[cross-posted to The Gadflyer.]

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