Hello all. A few days ago I read an article about an issue that has recently come to light, the Haditha Massacre. For those of you who don't know what that is what happened in a nutshell is that a squad of American soldiers were patrolling along a road in a Humvee when an IED whent off next to their vehicle killing one of their comrades (might have been their CO). So as you can imagine they were extremely pissed off, there were a few houses along the road were the IED whent off so they thought that maybe someone in one of those houses had been waiting for some troops to come along to trigger the explosion. The soldiers entered I think three houses and began to kill people left and right, the details so far are that 24 people total were killed by the soldiers including women and a young child.
My question to you is should we really persecute these soldiers for war crimes? The situation in Iraq puts allot of stress on our soldiers. I imagine it would be extremely frustrating to be attacked constantly by a cowardly enemy who has to restort to random bombings over and over and over and then hiding so there is no enemy to engage, it's enough to drive anyone completely insane especially when one of your friends are killed. I'm not saying it was the right thing to do but it was only logical to assume that someone in a nerby house had set off the bomb, added with the frustration and anger I can't blame the soldiers for going completely insane in their thurst for revenge and justice. The best thing we can do is take them out of the military and get them some phycological help, not throw them in the brig and sentence them to solitary confinment like animals. Epsecially when they are risking their lives for their country.