- Jun 5, 2000
dude seriously STFU. fighting a war in the 40's was a whole lot different than it is today. YOU CAN NOT COMPARE THE TWO! nobody gave a damn about killing civilians on any sides. And before you start spouting of your barracks lawyer speak of the UCMJ i would love to know what law school you graduated from what branch you served in.Originally posted by: Mursilis
The "just following orders" excuse doesn't wash if in fact the order is morally wrong. A soldier can defy orders. He/she shouldn't do it lightly and without significant thought on the matter, but a person does a certain moral responsibility for thier own actions, ordered or not. Even the Uniform Code of Military Justice allows for the disobedience of an unlawful order without penalty. Take a look at the My Lai Massacre for an interesting case study.Originally posted by: Darwin333
Regardless of what anyone thinks of the decision to use the "bomb", this guy was just doing his job. It wasn't his job to decide the target or the munitions, it was his job to follow orders. They where sent on a damn near suicide mission and he got the job done and got his men home. For that, I consider this man a hero, may he rest in peace.
Blame the politicians if you disagree with the tactics.