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Saturday, July 22, 2006

"Appropriate," "lawful" killing... Result: just another dead Iraqi...

the real horror of a story like this is its utter matter-of-factness... why, goodness gracious, doesn't EVERYBODY accept the fact that there are "appropriate," "lawful" killings...?
Killing by Guardsman in Iraq Called Appropriate

Army Lt. Col. John W. McClory found that Spec. Nathan B. Lynn, 21, of South Williamsport, Pa., did nothing wrong in shooting Gani Ahmad Zaben in the post-curfew darkness outside a group of homes on Feb. 15. McClory ruled that Lynn thought the man was armed with an AK-47 and believed he was a threat.


...Lynn followed the rules of engagement, or ROE, when he "lawfully" killed Zaben in an area that had been the scene of frequent insurgent attacks.


"Although evidence in this case indicates that the victim was in fact unarmed, sufficient evidence was presented that SPC Lynn thought the man was armed, perceived hostile intent from the movement of the victim in an active area of combat operations, and acted within the ROE in engaging the target with deadly force," McClory wrote in his report to commanders on Thursday.

needless to say, there is no mention whatsoever in the story about the man, the man's family, the terrible tragedy they have suffered at our hands, how their lives have been changed forever... gani ahmad zaben is just another dead iraqi...

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