IT‘S A SAFETY ISSUE - PURE AND SIMPLE
Forwarded by JayPMarine. Author’s name not included.
Our armed forces can't take a “goody two-shoes” liberal approach to war, especially against a rabid foe whose primary intent is to eliminate every American on earth. In reference to the news blurb about the Marine who put two rounds in a wounded insurgent's head in Fallujah, here's a response from an unnamed Marine who has been there in the “RIGHT NOW” mode:
It's a safety issue, pure and simple: After assaulting through a target, put a security round in everybody's head. Sorry al-Reuters, there's no paddy wagon rolling around Fallujah picking up “prisoners” and offering them a hot cup of joe, falafel, and a blanket. There's no time to dick around in the target. You clear the space, dump the chumps, and move on.
Are Corpsman expected to treat wounded terrorists? Negative.
Hey liberals… are you worried about the defense budget? Well, it would be waste, fraud, and abuse for a Corpsman to spend one man-minute or a battle dressing on a terrorist. It’s much cheaper to just spend the 2 cents on a 5.56mm FMJ.
By the way, terrorists who chop off civilian's heads are not prisoners, they are carcasses.
UPDATE: Let me be very clear about this issue. I have looked around the web, and many people understand this concept… but there are some stragglers.
Here is your situation, Marine. You just took fire from unlawful combatants shooting from a religious building, attempting to use the sanctuary status of their position as protection. But you're in Fallujah now, and the Marine Corps has decided that they're not playing that game this time. That was Najaf. So you set the mosque on fire and you hose down the terrorists with small arms, launch some AT-4s (Rockets) and 40MM grenades into the building and things quiet down.
So you run over there, and find some tangos wounded and pretending to be dead. You are aware that suicide martyrdom is really popular with these kinds of idiots, and taking some Marines with them would be really cool. So you can either risk your life and your fire team's lives by having them cover you while you bend down and search a guy you think is pretending to be dead for some reason. Also, you don't know who or what is in the next room, and you're already speaking English to each other - and its loud because your hearing is poor from shooting people for several days.
So you know there are many other rooms to enter, and that if anyone is still alive in those rooms, they know that Americans are in the mosque. Meanwhile (3 seconds later), you still have this terrorist (who was just shooting at you from a mosque) playing possum.
What do you do? You double tap his head, and go to the next room, that's what.
What about the Geneva Conventions and all that Law of Land Warfare stuff? What about it? Without even addressing the issues at hand, your first thought should be, “I'd rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.” Bear in mind that this is a perpetual mindset, reinforced by experience on a minute-by-minute basis.
Secondly, you are fighting an unlawful combatant in a sanctuary which is a double No-No on his part.
Third, tactically you are in no position to take “prisoners” because there are more rooms to search and clear, and the behavior of said terrorist indicates that he is up to no good. No good in Fallujah is a very large place and the low end of no good and the high end of no good are fundamentally the same. Marines get hurt or die. So there is no compelling reason for you to do anything but double tap this idiot and get on with the mission.
If you are a veteran then everything I have just written is self evident.
If you are not a veteran, then at least try to put yourself in the situation. Remember, in Fallujah there is no yesterday, there is no tomorrow; there is only RIGHT NOW. Have you ever lived in RIGHT NOW for a week? It is not easy, and if you have never lived in RIGHT NOW for longer than it takes to finish the big roller coaster at Six Flags, then shut your pie hole about putting Marines in jail for war crimes.
Be advised, I am not talking to my readers, but if this post gets linked up, I want regular folks to get this message loud and clear.