The most recent blog found on The Cunning Realist’s site discusses the sentence given to an American soldier for the murder of an Iraqi detainee. Ultimately he uses this news to ask a question that many others have begun to ask; how do  repeated incidents of murder affect The United States Standing in the world community, and he concludes that our reputation will be shot if this continues.

But unfortunately I do not see a change to our inhumane war practices in the future, nor am I sure that our army needs any reformation. War has and always will be a terrible and gruesome tool of politics. Putting rules to warfare is very contradictory when you think about it; in essence you’re telling killers to kill but still play nice, at lest to me that doesn’t make sense. Please don’t get me wrong I don’t believe our troops should act as the armies of antiquity and rape and pillage any city they occupy, but I don’t think that our soldiers should be prosecuted for doing their job. In my opinion war is cruel, but once you enter one you must be willing to do anything to win, unless you wish to lose. I never wanted this war to happen and it pains me to hear about the deaths Iraqi citizens that didn’t want this war ether. But the reality is we send troops in to kill people and then our nation punishes them for doing just that, how can that be considered justice?

~ by palps88 on January 27, 2007.

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