Reporter Kevin Sites has become well known recently due to
the video he got of a US Marine shooting a man laying in a
mosque in Iraq. I have not, until now, commented on this
incident because finding the truth in wartime is a very
difficult task.

This much I know: it is true, in this war and many others,
that combatants have feigned death so as to either evade
being killed or to lure his or her enemy closer so a killing
blow could be delivered.

It is also true that, to put it plainly, the
micro-objective in war is to kill your enemy before he can
kill you.

But this objective is constrained by various international
agreements that the US is a signatory to. In addition, the US
military and federal government have rules and/or laws
regarding the conduct of combatants and treatment of the
enemy, wounded or not.

If we are to be a nation of laws rather than of men, if we
are to behave as civilized people in an uncivilized world, we
need to carefully investigate this incident and determine
what is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the

Saying that no investigation
should be done, without first knowing the truth of the
situation is, to say the least, short sighted and, in the
long run, just another nail in the coffin that is our
“policy” in Iraq.

For one version of the truth, you can visit Mr. Site’s own
blog where he states what he says he saw and did
. Yet to be heard is the Marine that fired the shot
nor the Iraqi survivor(s) mentioned in the post. But until
all sides have been heard, I think it would be premature to
comment further.


One response to “Justice

  1. What is Justice in this case?
    It’s not gone bring the dead man back to life. And punishing a soldier for shooting an enemy is not something you want to do.
    The only thing an investigation can result in is setting up some sort of procedure to make sure similar accidents don’t happen too often.