This is coolbert:
My intuition had told me this would be the reaction. And it is!
From the Chicago Tribune today:
"NATION & WORLD"
"Soldier's sentence outrages Iraqis"
"MAHMOUDIYA, iraq - - Iraqis responded with dismay and outrage Friday to the decision by a jury in Kentucky to spare the life of a U.S. soldier convicted or raping and kill and Iraqi girl near this dusty town south of Baghdad three years ago."
"'This sentence is unjust, and we in our tribe feel displeasure, dissatisfaction and disappointment indeed,' said Mahdi Obaid . . . an elder from the Janabi tribe to which the family belonged."
That U.S. soldier of course, is Private Green. The miscreant, ringleader, the instigator, the bad guy who hatched the plot in the first place. LEFT HIS POST WITH HIS GANG, RAPED AN IRAQI TEENAGE GIRL, THEN MURDERING THE GIRL AND HER WHOLE FAMILY!!
Did so with malice aforethought. AND MOST EGREGIOUSLY, FROM THE MILITARY STANDPOINT, LEFT HIS POST TO DO SO!!
Green was convicted by a civilian jury and also received the recommended sentence from same.
And I am not surprised the Iraqi wants DEATH as the sentence. A tribal society where blood feuds and revenge are a way of life do not see a LIFE sentence as being appropriate!! And life in a U.S. prison is generally defined as TWENTY YEARS!!
I am sure we all aware that the Iraqi sense of justice is not the same as the American sense of justice. I just hope too that the elders of the Janabi tribe do not see the need to take matters into their own hands and do "something" they will regret.