Marine Jury Acquits Marine of War Crime

That he confessed too.

Why would Iraqis not welcome their wonderful liberators?

A military jury on Thursday acquitted a Marine sergeant on charges of murdering an unarmed detainee during battle in Fallujah, Iraq. The jury also acquitted Sgt. Ryan Weemer of dereliction of duty in the November 2004 death. The panel of eight Marines who served in Iraq or Afghanistan got the case Wednesday and deliberated more than four hours.

The prosecutor, Capt. Nicholas Gannon, recounted that Weemer said in recorded interviews that he shot the man and told a squadmate that he would have to live with that for the rest of his life. Weemer also said in interviews that he and other Marines shot a total of four men in a house after their squad suffered its first fatality.

Weemer had previously refused to testify about the incident thus helping Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario get off-

At Nazario’s trial over the summer, two members of 3rd Squad testified to hearing the shots and seeing the corpses, but not to witnessing executions. The only men alleged to have seen the killings — Nelson, Weemer and Nazario — refused to testify. Nelson and Weemer were held in contempt last June and jailed until a judge finally ordered their release on July 3. The jury was left to deliberate with secondhand accounts of the killings and the detached witness statements of Nelson and Weemer. On August 28, a federal jury acquitted Nazario of all charges.

But he claims he was troubled by his conscience-

“Instead, Weemer told of arguing with his squad leader, then-Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario, against the order to kill prisoners and then acquiescing,” the Times reported. “‘I definitely wasn’t the type to disobey an order,’ he said.’

Yeah that would be bad, disobeying an order, thus triumphs martial culture. If you have the Courage To ResistCourage To Resist, these people will help.

4 Responses to “Marine Jury Acquits Marine of War Crime”

  1. libhomo Says:

    Wars of occupation always lead to a lowering of the ethical standards of the occupiers. When will people learn?

    • RickB Says:

      I would ask why are the lessons prevented from being applied and by whom? Those who profit in power and prestige from war I would suggest.

      • ralfast Says:

        Exactly. Remember the “Myth of the Stab in the Back”. A strategy to blame everybody (protesters, citizens, media, opposition parties) for the failure of a monstrous war.

        It worked in Germany after WW1 and it led directly to WW2.

        It worked in the U.S. after Vietnam and it led directly to Afghanistan and Iraq.


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