Excusing the Soldiers

In the aftermath of Robert Bales confessing to butchering 9 Afghan children and 7 adult civilians as they slept, Americans are eager to forgive their troops for any atrocities they committed. They want to put the blame 100% on the politicians. This is much like Nazi soldiers excusing themselves after WWII (World War II) by claiming I vas chust following zee orders. Nuremberg settled the matter once and for all that this excuse does not wash. Further, the American soldiers volunteered with eyes wide open to go kill Afghan and Iraqi children. They were not drafted. They knew full well what they would be ordered to do. They were eager to kill. They knew full well neither Afghanistan nor Iraq attacked the USA and had to means to do so. They knew the USA was the aggressor. They might not have fully understood that attack was illegal, or that aiding an abetting either war was a capital offence, but ignorance of the law is no excuse.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)