It\'s a safety issue pure and simple. After assaulting through a
target, put a security round in everybody\'s head. Sorry al-Reuters,
there\'s no paddy wagon rolling around Fallujah picking up \"prisoners\"
and offering them a hot cup a joe, falafel, and a blanket. There\'s no
time to dick around in the target, you clear the space, dump the
chumps, and moveon.org.

Are Corpsman expected to treat wounded terrorists? Negative.

Hey libs, worried about the defense budget? Well, it would be waste,
fraud, and abuse for a Corpsman to spend one man minute or a battle
dressing on a terrorist, its much cheaper to just spend the $.02 on a
5.56mm FMJ.

By the way, terrorists who chop off civilian\'s heads are not
prisoners, they are carcasses.

UPDATE: Let me be very clear about this issue. I have looked around
the web, and many people get this concept, but there are some
stragglers.

Here is your situation Marine:

You just took fire from unlawful combatants shooting from a religious
building attempting to use the sanctuary status of their position as
protection. But you\'re in Fallujah now, and the Marine Corps has
decided that they\'re not playing that game this time. That was Najaf.
So you set the mosque on fire and you hose down the terrorists with
small arms, launch some AT-4s (Rockets), some 40MM grenades into the
building and things quiet down. So you run over there, and find some
tangos wounded and pretending to be dead.

You are aware that suicide martyrdom is like really popular with
these kind of idiots, and like taking some Marines with them would be
really cool. So you can either risk your life and your fireteam\'s
lives by having them cover you while you bend down and search a guy
that you think is pretending to be dead for some reason.

Also, you don\'t know who or what is in the next room, and you\'re
already speaking english to each other and its loud because your
hearing is poor from shooting people for several days. So you know
that there are many other rooms to enter, and that if anyone is still
alive in those rooms, they know that Americans are in the mosque.
Meanwhile (3 seconds later), you still have this terrorist that was
just shooting at you from a mosque playing possum. What do you do?

You double tap his head, and you go to the next room, that\'s what.

What about the Geneva Conventions and all that Law of Land Warfare stuff?

What about it?

Without even addressing the issues at hand you first thought should
be, \"I\'d rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.\" Bear in mind that
this is a perpetual mindset that is reinforced by experiences gained
on a minute by minute basis.

Secondly, you are fighting an unlawful combatant in a Sanctuary which
is a double No No on his part.

Third, tactically you are in no position to take \"prisoners\" because
there are more rooms to search and clear, and the behavior of said
terrorist indicates that he is up to no good.

No good in Fallujah is a very large place and the low end of no good
and the high end of no good are fundamentally the same... Marines get
hurt or die. So there is no compelling reason for you to do anything
but double tap this idiot and get on with the mission.

If you are a veteran then everything I have just written is self
evident, if you are not a veteran than at least try to put yourself in
the situation.

Remember, in Fallujah there is no yesterday, there is no tomorrow,
there is only now. Right NOW. Have you ever lived in NOW for a week?
It is not easy, and if you have never lived in NOW for longer than it
takes to finish the big roller coaster at Six Flags, then shut your
hole about putting Marines in jail for war crimes.

Be advised, I am not talking to my readers, but if this post gets
linked up, I want regular folks to get this message loud and clear.

Only UN-Americans put the UN before America!
Matt Bracken