Saturday, June 30, 2007

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.

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.
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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to know when the Iraqi's will be charged with murdering the more than 3,000 of our US Troops. Personally I don't think any of the Iraqi's deserve to live, they spit on our soldiers for trying to help them, they should all be shot.

6:47 PM  
Blogger spud said...

Uh, we invaded their country. One of the pretenses was freedom, democracy and the "rule of law."

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and they had no freedom!!!

6:06 PM  

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