but judging from recent events the charges may be lessened or dropped totally as they were for the soldier who shot the injured insurgent.
Far too many civilians (and regretably that includes those in Congress and the media) have absolutely no conception of armed conflict. They would rant and rave and likely press charges if you jumped out from behind a bush and yelled BOO even though they had never been assaulted in any manner either before, during, or after their scare yet they cannot understand that one who has been shot at or seen others shot at or blown up under circumstances similar to what they find themselves in probably will react quickly and violently.
The author of that piece is trying to get at least some of her readers to recognize this essential fact.
Second Lt. Ilario Pantano was making a six-figure income as an energy trader with Goldman Sachs in New York when the World Trade Center was attacked. Pantano had friends who worked in the twin towers and friends among the firefighters who perished trying to save them.
This Marine veteran, who had already served his country in the first Gulf War, set aside his career (which also included work in film and television), kissed his wife and two children goodbye, and headed to Quantico, Va., for officer training school.
A Marine Corps colleague asked, "How many guys do you know (who) would drop 100 grand a year to go sleep in fighting holes in the nasty mud and dust for -- what -- 25 grand a year?"
you tell me this is just why not just tell the troops lie down and die? this is utter crap.
this charges isnt right.