Thursday, November 18, 2004

Shooting the Wounded 

Many of you have asked me what I think about the Marine shooting the wounded Iraqi. Here's my opinion:

From what I hear, on Friday the 12th, a group of Marines took wounded Iraqis to the mosque, for others to pick up and take back to get medical attention/burial. The next day, the 13th, another group of Marines came into the mosque and came across the bodies. Now this group had nothing to do with the bodies that were there, they just stumbled upon them. After checking out several bodies, they found the one alive, wounded Iraqi and shot him, as you see on the video. From what I hear, the same Marines who shot the wounded guy, lost a buddy the day before from an Iraqi, who was wounded, and had a booby trap on him. The Marines went to take care of him, and when they got close, he blew himself up.

Having that incident fresh in their minds, these Marines weren't taking a second chance. I don't blame them, a lot of bad stuff happens in war. I may have done the same thing. Was it the right thing to do? Probably not. Was it the moral thing to do? Probably not. But the chances of this guy recovering from his wounds were slim and he posed a threat. The video/picture of the incident is a part of the modern day warfare-things you never saw/heard of in the wars of yesterday, are now caught on film. Just like the beheadings, and the murder of Margaret Hassan, we should expect to see some terrible things.


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