posted on Mar, 21 2011 @ 03:34 AM
This horrible, and is another black mark on the US military. Apparently, some are getting bruised nerves and losing their scruples? Multiple combats
tours is most certainly weighing heavy on some of the soldier's sanity. They could murder civilians, murder their entire family, or even off
themselves, because of being exposed to large doses of carnage, destruction, and death. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a real thing. Atrocities are
a part of war as much bullets, cruise missiles, black hawk helicopters, and Abrams tanks. Any military force is capable of the conduct that was
displayed by these soldiers. This conduct has taken place since man learned to pick up stones and throw them at his neighbors head. I am not excusing
the conduct of these soldiers, and from what I gather they will have their day in court.
US Army 'kill team' in Afghanistan posed with photos of murdered civilians
Some of the activities of the self-styled "kill team" are already public, with 12 men currently on trial in Seattle for their role in the killing of
Five of the soldiers are on trial for pre-meditated murder, after they staged killings to make it look like they were defending themselves from
Other charges include the mutilation of corpses, the possession of images of human casualties and drug abuse.
All of the soldiers have denied the charges. They face the death penalty or life in prison if convicted.
Personally, I don't see what the need is to have these pictures published. Are the descriptions not a enough for people to visual how horrendous
these alleged crimes were? It will make an already serious matter ten times worse. If these soldiers are found guilty of atrocities, they are a
scourge, a disgrace to the uniform, and have unnecessarily put their buddies who remain in the field at greater risk. I am appalled by conduct like
this, but we have to keep in mind that it happens. When it does happen it is the duty of the military, and the government to ensure that the guilty
parties are dealt with as harshly as possible.