Mercy Killing?

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  1. Annie
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    This has had a lot of coverage as the Captain is from Chicago area. What do you military guys think?

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-050330maynulet,1,3455248.story?coll=chi-news-hed

     
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    not a military guy ....just a guy


    dude did the right thing.....should have done it solo ...then we would not know
     
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    Hard to say. I know that I would have tried to render as much first aid as I can, direct my medic to do the same and then try to get him medivaced if possible. If he dies, he dies...but we would have done all we could. How do I know what I would have done? Because I have been in similar situations. For me, once the fight is over, it is time to take care of those you can...enemy and friendly.
     
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    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050331/ap_on_re_eu/germany_us_iraq

     
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    Tough case. I think CSM is pretty right on, though. After the immediate hostilities are over, we treat the wounded, even if it looks hopeless.
     
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    If this was the 'humane' thing to do, why didn't Terri Shiaver get to die as quickly?
     
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    Obviously, it was not the humane thing to do...the party in question was convicted.
     
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    As soldiers, our aim is to defeat an enemy. In the process there's going to be some bleeding and dying. That's part of the business.

    We do NOT get to play God and decide which of the wounded lives or dies. If CPT Maynulet was motivated by humanitarian concerns as he claims, would he have shot one of our own troops who was suffering a similar condition?

    If there is a wounded soldier, then it does not matter what his affiliation may be. At this point we seek to preserve life. When the shooting stops, we no longer have the right to take it.
     
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    I have never been in a combat situation so I can not judge his actions, though I would have done the same IF my medic told me the man could not be saved and was going to just die a slow, agonizing death.

    Which leads me to the situation i am aware of, from being close friends with several corpsmen who have been involved in situations like that.

    I don't believe they or the marines they serve with are murderers, and believe it to be a "mercy killing"
     
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    In GWI I came across some Iraqis that were in really, really, bad unrecoverable conditions and we treated them as best we could. Our medic doped em up with morphine to help their suffering end as painless as possible. Frankly, I feel what he did was wrong. He shoulda called a medic up and let the medic pump the guy full of morphine. I know there have been cases where medics have purposely given their fellow soldiers overdoses of morphine when the soldier was obviously going to die so that they could die as quietly and comfortably as possible. If anything, maybe that should have been done here. But shooting him? I have to say, I have a feeling the soldier did it out of anger, spite, whatever you want to call it, but I am not so sure it was "mercy". I think he just wanted to help the Iraqi find those 72 virgins he was looking for....
     

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