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Subject:  Re: a Marines response Date:  5/2/2007  10:47 PM
Author:  jtallenmd Number:  31799 of 38250

I'm sorry, but what he is describing IS a war crime. It doesn't matter if the enemy is ignoring Geneva conventions. Part of what protects us as a military is living by a higher standard even if our enemies do not.

It is one thing to kill someone because they are a threat. It is quite another to kill someone because they MIGHT be a threat.

As for this specific point.
Are Corpsman expected to treat wounded terrorists? Negative. Hey libs, worried about the defense budget? Well, it would be a waste, fraud, and abuse for a Corpsman to expend one man-minute or a battle dressing on a terrorist. Its much cheaper to just spend the $.02 on a 5.56mm FMJ.

Corpsmen ARE expected to treat enemy wounded according to the Geneva Conventions. It's not fraud, waste, or abuse if he is using the tools given him in accordance with doctrine. Since the US military adheres (at least theoretically) to the Geneva Conventions, treating a wounded enemy combatant is doctrine.

It is attitudes like this that recently got the Marine Special Forces kicked out of Afghanistan.
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