October 15, 2012

UK: Not Treating Wounded Taliban = "Murder"

I'm not saying that not treating the enemy's wounds isn't wrong .... but murder? Isn't that a bit over the top? Even for the Brits, who are increasingly acting like, well, the French?:

Five Royal Marines have been charged with murder over the death of an injured Taliban fighter last year.

Royal Military Police officers arrested the troops after video footage was found on a Marine’s laptop that allegedly showed members of 3 Commando Brigade discussing what to do with a wounded gunman caught inside a compound in Helmand....

The Service Prosecuting Authority (SPA), an independent body that conducts prosecutions on behalf of the military, decided the five should face murder charges.

Maybe they should be drummed out of the service, or stripped of rank, or something for letting their emotions overpower their reason, but since when has letting an enemy soldier who was just trying to kill you five minutes before bleed to death constitute murder?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:47 PM | Comments |