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Old 01-24-2012, 10:46 PM   #11
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Interesting! I would have thought they would've used either all right-handed or all left-handed riflemen.

Also, i would NOT have wanted to be in the front line with a rifle firing right above and beside my ear. OUCH



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Maybe you should try speaking more plainly. You asked what the difference was between the general executing pow's and what we did to him. That's the way I understand your post.

13 weeks? Big deal after you've spent as many years in as I did then come back talk about it.



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Old 01-24-2012, 11:04 PM   #13
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Maybe you should try speaking more plainly. You asked what the difference was between the general executing pow's and what we did to him. That's the way I understand your post.

13 weeks? Big deal after you've spent as many years in as I did then come back talk about it.
I am going to go out on a limb here; if I understand the posters question, he was asking what was so special about the general's crime to get a death penalty by firing squad.

The answer is that it was not all that unusual. A hell of a lot of folks died by firing squad for war crimes. We even used a firing squad on one of our own for desertion. (although thousands deserted) A lot more people were hung for crimes ranging from "war crimes" to rape or murder, and there were thousands of cases, of officers just shooting deserters or other criminals without arrest or trial. Kind of "I'm done with your s***: bang!"

I was also interested in the procedure as I have never seen the sentence carried out. I would not have wanted to be the guest of honor.

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I had never wondered about this, but the video was very educational. There was a very specific sequence of events. The restraint system prevented the criminal from trying to dodge or duck. Interesting that they used both left and right handed shooters. The squad returned to marching order very quickly after the event with no "Take that ya Nazi scum" histrionics. Perhaps this squad performed this function multiple times, might be important to know about that. Seems like the process is designed to allow all participants (except the criminal) with dignity and conscience intact.

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Seems like the process is designed to allow all participants (except the criminal) with dignity and conscience intact.

I'd agree with the exception of that still photog going up to him to snap photos of his face. Must have been a journalist, and not a military documentarian.



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