Sunday, November 21, 2004

Our Soldier

Here's my two cents with regards to the American soldier who was videotaped killing an Iraqi he happened upon during a security sweep.

There's been hints and whiffs of a war crime being committed here. That something out-of-bounds occured and should be addressed by an official body of the US.

Frankly, I agree. The full might and scrutiny of the United States of America should be applied to this obvious traitorous behavior. The full scorn and disgust of the American people should be felt by the singlular perpitraitor of this heinous act...

Who is the traitor? What is the act? What is the war crime? It is the network producer who released the content of this all-too-common tragedy of warfare. This short-sighted, weak excuse for a professional should be expelled from patriotic American scociety to live in France (or some other appropriate nation).

The decision to release that content comes from the same idiocy that interrupted regular programming to air a special report announcing the death of Arafat. Only this decision is much, much worse. It gives to our enemies propaganda to incite and inflame a population already restless. It further endangers our people over there and over here. And it does this to the exclusion of anything good or beneficial to our own people.

It begs the question, "Idiot, what are you doing?" And the answer, "People have a right to know..." is phoney baloney and they know it. (where that sentiment true, our airwaves would be filled with more of the good stuff, too) So, again, "Idiot, what are you doing?"

The frustration is endless. This soldier must live with the righteous - albeit still - stains of his actions from not only that day, but all the other days. Forever. He did nothing wrong. Period. In fact, if he didn't act the way he did, I would be hard-pressed as his commander to trust him in battle.

Our guy was totally justified in his actions. The video guys were totally unjustified by their actions. The video guys need to go... and their replacements would be very wise to learn from their predecessors' collosal and dangerous derth of judgement.

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