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February 25, 2005

Marine Cleared in Playing-Possum Terrorist Shooting

Kevin Sites gets world recognition, this poor guy merely gets a decline-to-prosecute:

Military investigators have decided there is not enough evidence to bring formal charges against a Marine who killed an unarmed Iraqi while his unit searched a Fallujah mosque, CBS reported on Wednesday.

...

After what he reported as movement, a Marine fired at one of the men on the floor, killing him.

"The insurgents, it turned out, were unarmed," CBS reported. "But investigators say the Iraqi the Marine thought he saw moving could have been going for a weapon."

"At the very least, Navy legal experts believe the situation is ambiguous enough that no prosecutor could get a conviction," the network reported.

Justice.

Of course we want our boys to be careful about pulling that trigger. But no man can be expected to show godlike restraint in the face of possible threat to his own life, or the lives of his comrades in arms. Even if that possibility turns out to be phantasmal.

Thanks to Hobgoblin.


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