Crime and punishment
Whenever one hears US military officials claiming that "militants" were killed in some raid, this should always be kept in mind:
Two American soldiers have been charged with premeditated murder and planting weapons on dead Iraqis.Ultimately, I'm rather ambivalent about this. Charging some grunts with crimes taking place within the much larger criminal enterprise that is the Iraq war, for which none of those responsible will ever be charged, smacks of an enormous hypocrisy. This is the battlefield version of Abu Graib.
American military officials say Sergeant Hensley, 27, from Candler, N.C., faces three charges of premeditated murder, obstruction of justice and wrongfully placing weapons with the remains of deceased Iraqis. Specialist Sandoval, 20, received one charge of premeditated murder and one of wrongfully placing a weapon on one of the three Iraqis killed.