Watch your back soldier
The business over this Marine who blew away the dead or death faking terrorist combatants has reached the point where the media has already convicted this soldier as a war criminal because, as we know, every violent thing that U.S. soldiers do which the MSM does not understand is a war crime.
Break this down as succinctly as possible: these are not Iraqi rebels. These are international terrorists who, by their own admission, are allied with al Qaeda. Their dead bodies are booby trapped to kill soldiers who approach or jostle them. These people feign death, and then when the soldiers are upon them, they fire off a weapon to take out an American or two. The point is that shooting a dead body or one faking death for fear that the "body" may end up shooting you or detonating a bomb, is not only appropriate, it saves lives.
If winning this war is a goal that the MSM has in mind (and I am not at all convinced of that), here is the alternative to the soldiers risking their lives by entering and inspecting these buildings: they can simply open company fire on them. Launch mortars into them, pummel them with rockets from helicopters, raze them with bombs from a plane, and there will be no need to inspect.
Our military does what it does because of fear of killing innocents. The media cannot be heard to demand precision attacks and then accuse our soldiers of war crimes for shooting terrorist combatants who have been known to feign innocence before killing soldiers. Our military won't get everything perfect, but such is the nature of war.
But more to the point, the impossible standard the media is creating is one which will have soldiers less interested in doing their jobs, and more eager to protect their legal rear ends. Putting that kind of fear into soldiers' minds will result in greater danger to them. If they fear prosecution, they will be less likely to engage in the grim--and legal--tasks that save lives, such as this young soldier did. Some thanks he gets for protecting his unit and doing his job.
And one last note to the quasi-educated MSM...the Geneva Convention does not apply to terrorists. Stop pretending that it does.
More to follow with legal analysis as to just how the Geneva Convention applies to terrorists.