Sunday, March 12, 2006

Soldiers are not war criminals

When you order a soldier to commit a war crime, you put him/her in an impossible and unacceptable situation: does s/he disobey orders--risking discharge, court martial, or worse--or does s/he obey, and commit the crime?

Ben Griffith, an 8-year veteran of the UK SAS (the toughest of the tough), refused the choice: he left the service. The greater tragedy? That when decent and humane soldiers who believe in the Code of Conduct leave, only the monsters will remain.

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