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December 12, 2003

Can someone tell me how I should feel about this?

Did he do anything wrong? Yes, especially the part about letting/watching his soldiers beat on the guy.

Was tricking the prisoner into thinking he was about to be killed wrong? If the prisoner wasn't, in fact, injured (except mentally), and the tactic worked?

Should he have gone to prison? Should the money he's fined be awarded to the "mistreated" prisoner?

Should I be appalled that I'm not more appalled?

Posted by AnneZook at 03:23 PM


My own opinion is that justice was done. I understand the logic of doing what needs to be done to protect soldiers, but when it goes to this level, a price should be paid. It cost LTC West his career, but he saved his soldiers' lives. That's a trade I think any officer should be more than happy to make.

Posted by: Andrew at December 15, 2003 03:35 PM

I can certainly understand that point of view, Andrew. And it's really the "stand by and watch his men beat up a prisoner" that bothers me more than faking the guy out with a gunshot.

I dunno. It couldn't have been easy for the officer, that's true.

Posted by: Anne at December 15, 2003 08:03 PM