It’s a good thing the natural right to live doesn’t apply to people who live across water from here, or the Schaivo Right might have to start opposing war.
According to MSNBC:
“WIESBADEN, Germany – A U.S. Army tank company commander told a military court Wednesday that he shot a gravely wounded, unarmed Iraqi man ‘to put him out of his misery,’ saying the killing was ‘honorable.’
“Taking the stand for the first time, Capt. Rogelio ‘Roger’ Maynulet, 30, described the events that led him to fire twice upon the Iraqi, maintaining that the man was too badly injured to survive.
“’He was in a state that I didn’t think was justified — I had to put him out of his misery,’ Maynulet said. He argued that the killing ‘was the right thing to do, it was the honorable thing to do.’
“Prosecutors at the court-martial say Maynulet violated military rules of engagement by shooting an Iraqi who was wounded and unarmed.
“Maynulet is being court-martialed on a charge of assault with intent to commit murder in the May 21, 2004, killing near Kufa, south of Baghdad. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and his lawyers have argued that his actions were in line with the Geneva Conventions on the code of war.”
Just because the Predator Drone footage shows the man was waving his arms around, doesn’t mean he was alive at the time he was put out of his misery:
“An Army neurosurgeon, Richard Gullock, testified that it was unclear from the surveillance footage whether the driver was alive or dead at the time of the shooting. In the video, the man appeared to be waving his right arm before the first shot.
“’I am aware there can be similar movements in someone who can be considered clinically brain dead,’ Gullock said.
“However, a second neurosurgeon, Lt. Col. Rocco Armonda of the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, countered that the pattern of the man’s movements in the video ‘indicate he was alive.’”
If only he had just dehydrated the guy to death.
Update: AP: U.S. Soldier Convicted in Court-Martial
“WIESBADEN, Germany Mar 31, 2005 — A military court Thursday convicted a U.S. Army tank company commander of a lesser criminal charge in connection with the shooting death of a wounded Iraqi last year.
“Capt. Rogelio ‘Roger’ Maynulet was found guilty of assault with intent to commit voluntary manslaughter, which carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. Prosecutors had sought conviction on a more serious charge of assault with intent to commit murder, which carried a 20-year maximum.
“Maynulet, 30, of Chicago, stood at attention as Lt. Col. Laurence Mixon, the head of the six-member panel, read the verdict at the court-martial. The court was to reconvene later Thursday to consider Maynulet’s sentence.”
Airstrikes are ok. Execution is not. Everybody understand? Good.
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