THE TRAGEDY OF WAR
I wasn't at all surprised that a U.S. marine might have shot dead an injured antagonist in Fallujah and I have to say that I wasn't horrified in the way so many commentators seemed to have been by the alleged incident. It seems absurd to expect that the sort of training which American soldiers (and, no doubt, the soldiers of most armies) undergo wouldn't at least sometimes lead to this sort of outcome. This is, of course, a very good reason (one of many) why politicians should think very carefully before they commit their armed forces to war. Falklands veteran Quintin Wright's Rules of Engagement is well worth reading in this regard.