In an earlier post I suggested that the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment would be in the mood for revenge against those who tortured, mutilated and beheaded two members of "B" Company’s First Platoon. There are about forty men in a platoon. They are commanded by a lieutenant. It now appears that this may have been vengeance in reprisal for the prior actions of some members of the same unit.
The man in the picture here is Steven Green who according to the Post’s story, was until recently a member of that platoon. He has been charged in civilian federal court with the rape and murder of a young Iraqi woman at the town of Mahmoudiya south of Baghdad. The charge includes the murder of several members of her family. According to the charges made against him, he and three soldiers still on active duty planned and carried out these grotesque crimes at the girl’s family home near a checkpoint on a highway outside Mahmoudiya.
In my opinion these men should be tried by the Army and not by the US civilian courts. Lawyers are clever. They can find a way to return Green to military jurisdiction. He should be tried by the Army, in Iraq and punished there if convicted. The same thing applies to those still on active duty.
If the charges are correct, this man and his friends did these gross things wearing our uniform. They have greatly injured not only this poor woman and her family, but also the honor of the Army and the United States. the Army should deal with them.