Tuesday, November 16, 2004

War is war

War is dirty, bad, and ugly. There is no glamour, or bling bling in war. When it comes it brings the good and the bad.

We have seen some of the good, 70 million freed, and some of the bad, the nude human pyramid.

From the front lines there is another story, this time on tape.

"The U.S. military is investigating whether a Marine shot dead an unarmed, wounded insurgent during the battle for Falluja in an incident captured on videotape by a pool reporter."

Did the marine screw up? Yes. But we (the ones who supported the war) are the ones who wanted him there, and asked him to do an impossible task: To wage war and maintain his humanity.

"The Marines said they are investigating why the wounded Iraqis were left behind for 24 hours and whether the man was killed illegally. Navy investigators said they believe they have located the fifth Iraqi -- the only one not wounded a second time -- who said he wanted provide information about the killing."

Now the kids life is in the hands of a fucking insurgent. If the insurgent makes up some crap, he could put the kid away for life.

"Amnesty also noted reports that insurgents have used mosques as fighting positions, and in one incident appear to have used a white flag to lure Marines into an ambush.

"All violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law must be investigated and those responsible for unlawful attacks, including deliberate targeting of civilians, indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks, and the killing of injured persons must be brought to justice," the group said in a statement issued Thursday."

from fox

But military sources also told FOX News that enemy fighters have used the tactic of feigning a wound to draw U.S. soldiers in, then opening fire on them. The Marine who apparently killed the injured fighter had reportedly been shot in the face the day before, FOX News has learned.

Insurgents have also been known to rig dead bodies with explosive devices that go off when U.S. troops approach.



Dave Justus said...

I haven't been following this real closely, but it does seem to me that while the incident was unfortunate, it wasn't a case of the Marine doing anything wrong. It certainly isn't against the laws of war to shoot an injured combatant unless it is clear that the combatant is not a threat. If the enemy was already a prisoner it would be different, but he wasn't in custody at the time.

A soldiers job is to kill people.

Cubicle said...

i look at it this way.

would you rather have that rat bastard's mother and family crying or would you rather have you solider's mother and family crying.

i choose us before them every single time.