Should soldiers be punished for killing civilians?

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My answer to Should soldiers be punished for killing civilians?

Answer by Ken Larson:

The Uniform Code of Military Justice of the United States allows the prosecution by Court Marshall of a soldier accused of unwarranted killing of civilians.

Several other countries have the same types of regulations in their armed forces, driven principally by the Geneva Convention.

Unfortunately in this high tech world of global warfare the fault for random killing of civilians is much higher in the chain of command than at the individual solider and often rests at the agency level, where a soldier is ordered to take actions by their command structure which may kill innocent bystanders.

This absolves the soldier from responsibility and blurs the responsibility in a bureaucratic manner. Here is a story run by “The Daily Beast” that illustrates my point:

She Kills People From 7,850 Miles Away

Should soldiers be punished for killing civilians?

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About rosecoveredglasses

2 Tours in US Army Vietnam. Retired from 36 Years in the Defense Industrial Complex after working on 25 major weapons systems, many of which are in use today in the Middle East. Volunteer MicroMentor. I specialize in Small, Veteran-owned, Minority-Owned and Woman-Owned Businesses beginning work for the Federal Government. MicroMentor is a non-profit organization offering free assistance to small business in business planning, operations, marketing and other aspects of starting and successfully operating a small enterprise. You can set up a case with me at MicroMentor by going to: http://www.micromentor.org/ key words: "Federal Government Contracting"

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