Killing on the Battlefield
Michael Williams shares his thoughts on this issue. I haven’t written about it since I haven’t seen the video. If it really went down like this description, I’ve got to think that our guy wasn’t out of line.
This is war, and if the wounded guy was faking death he’s got to be treated as a threat. In any event, we’re investigating the incident.
UPDATE: A commenter on Wizbang reports that comments on Kevin Sites’ page (the original source of the story) are being deleted if they are supportive of the Marine’s actions. Nice.
It doesn’t sound like this guy was trying to surrender. If not, he’s fair game. Nice or not, them’s the rules.
UPDATE 2: Wow. This story is getting more coverage than I would have ever expected. The only thing worse than this that I can even imagine is if the Marine, instead of shooting the guy, had gone and put a pair of panties on the guy’s head.
Anyway, Expat Yank has a great post on this type of thing in the context of warfare. I’m glad everyone else is writing about it, because I’m pretty sure it would make my head hurt if I tried it myself.