Originally Posted by rjd3282
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.
War is not for the faint of heart.