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Joe Guarino

If the unspoken ground rules are that it is impermissible for the United States to cause civilian casualties, then we have accepted a limitation that may make it impossible ultimately to win the war on terror. We need to rethink this entire subject.


Before rethinking it, we need to remember who brought it up.

I also realize that many might argue that many crimes by soldiers passed under the radar scope in Vietnam. Did that war have as much media scrutiny as this war? Hard to say. But again, the Post is making the comparison.


Platoon is a great example of war time. Yes, civilians get killed, sometimes intentionally. But we also have to think about the folks we are sending into Iraq. There are going to be a certain percentage who join to be able to pull the trigger. It takes a special breed of person to be able to be ready at a moment's notice to blow a guy's head off. Also imagine having the stress of needing to be able to do just that. I don't think I would be cut out for it. It's war. People get killed. Sure, if caught, people like the guys who raped the girl and set her on fire after wasting some of her family need to be punished. That's just inexcusable. If we're going to be at war, we should do this right and eliminate all the threats to the US and new Iraqi governments. Sometimes that may mean killing some innocent folks. I hate it for them, but there are places they can go to avoid contact with the troops.

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