Tuesday, November 16

Some call it Murder.

It appears that one of our brave young men decided to kill a wounded Iraqi. This is unlikely the first time it has happened, in fact earlier in the year there was a video of some soldiers killing a wounded man in the streets, which given the circumstances, that kill could have been related to combat despite the fact that the man in question was unarmed and did not pose an immediate threat. In this case however several things get in the way of this soldier getting out of this with an honerable discharge. The Iraqi in question was in our custody, seriously injured, and the denoument, they caught the whole
scene on video
The US military has announced it is looking into whether an American marine in Falluja shot dead a severely wounded Iraqi insurgent at point-blank range.

Television footage shows US soldiers entering a building as injured prisoners lie on the floor.

The soldier, who has not been identified, has been removed from the field and faces possible charges.

Lt Gen John Sattler promised to pursue the facts of the case "thoroughly" before taking further measures.

The BBC's James Robbins says the incident could prove highly damaging and that the US military will need to answer key questions about whether the rules of engagement were broken during the incident. It must explain, he says, whether wounded combatants were abandoned, or killed, illegally.

But the BBC's Baghdad correspondent Caroline Hawley says most Iraqis will not be surprised, after the scandal of US abuse of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib facility in Baghdad.
The NBC's Kevin Sites says the wounded men had been left in the mosque after being treated by a group of marines following Friday's fighting.

Mr Sites says soldiers from a different unit went and apparently shot the men again on Saturday without knowing whether they were armed.

"Then one of the marines points his rifle at the head of one of the injured, an old man, saying, 'He's faking he's dead'," Mr Sites' description continues.

"The sound of a shot is then heard. And in the background, another soldier says, 'Well, he's dead now'."
Is this what we signed up for? Why are we still in the deconstruction phase?