Subject: Marine Response to a simple question
In response to the news blurb about the Marine who put two rounds
("double tap") in a wounded insurgent's head in Fallujah, here's a
response from a Marine:
"It's a safety issue, pure and simple. After assaulting through a
target, we 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 on the target. You clear the space, dump the
chumps, and move on.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 expend one
man-minute or a battle dressing on a terrorist. It's much cheaper to
just spend the $.02 on a 5.56mm FMJ.
By the way, in our view, terrorists who chop off civilian's heads are
not prisoners, they are carcasses. Chopping off a civilian's head is
another reason why these idiots are known as "unlawful combatants." It
seems that most of the world's journalists have forgotten that fact.
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 typical Marine sitrep (situation report): You just took
fire from unlawful combatants (no uniform - breaking every Geneva
Convention rule there is) 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 (bad guys) wounded and
pretending to be dead. You are aware that suicide martyrdom is like
really popular with these idiots, and they think taking some Marines
with them would be really cool. So you can either risk your life and
your fire team'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.
Most of the time these are the guys with the grenade or vest made of
explosives. Also, you don't know who or what is in the next room. You're
already speaking English to the rest of your fire team or squad which
lets the terrorist know you are there and you are his enemy. You are
speaking 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,
What about the Geneva Convention and all that Law of Land Warfare stuff?
What about it? Without even addressing the issues at hand, your first
thought should be, "I'd rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6."
Bear in mind that this tactic of double tapping a fallen terrorist is a
perpetual mindset that is reinforced by experience 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
end up getting 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 then 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 really, really not easy. 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