Sunday, June 25, 2006  

Yes, sir! Just

following orders, sir!

The sudden "swiftness" in charging soldiers with murder, etc. is starting to get suspicious. Not in the sense that these charges may not be justified but in that they are so timely. Many of these events happened months ago and it is interesting that it is now the military is getting around to the enforcement of ethics and that part of the Geneva Conventions that basically states: you shall not kill (unarmed) civilians in a place you occupy.

Please note that it is not the Iraqi government that is charging these soldiers with harming an Iraqi citizen. Why? Because Iraqi sovereignty is a myth. Otherwise it would be like the recent charges in Japan.

Here is the latest, courtesy the NYT:
Lynn and Sgt. Milton Ortiz, Jr., both of the 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry (Mechanized) of the Pennsylvania National Guard, were each charged with one count of obstructing justice for allegedly conspiring with another soldier who allegedly put an AK-47 near the body of the man in an attempt to make it look as though he was an insurgent.
It is beginning to officially seem that the incident in which an Iraqi was dragged from his home, shot, and then posed with a shovel is not an isolated case.

The soldiers need to be held to account- and then their direct command and their direct command need to be held to account- because, who has been telling them this is acceptable?

What was it Rumsfeld said during the invasion of Iraq to Iraqi soldiers who might resist us?
Those who follow orders to commit such crimes will be found and they will be punished. War crimes will be prosecuted, and it will be no excuse to say, "I was just following orders." Any official involved in such crimes will forfeit hope of amnesty or leniency with respect to past actions.

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