Ah, Andy. Don't be glad somebody is dead. Do you really feel that?
Glad that a stranger to you died?
One can say they were stupid, they should've slowed down, the Italians should've clued in the Americans that they were paying the millions demanded rasom and would be coming through, that the Americans have their orders, they have to do what they have to do.
One can say all that, and not say that it's good someone is dead.
Take care. Be safe.
I am glad that this body guard is dead and not the soldier sitting there doing his job. He or she can not sit there trying to make some sort of politically correct decision. He or she needs to kill the person coming toward him and not think.
This was the body guards fault first because it was his job to protect the journalist. It is not the job of the soldier to protect the body guard in a war type zone.
The soldier did a great job and should be commended for doing his or her duty. Trust me anyone that understand Iraq does not go near a tank, point a camera at a tank, or a checkout, or go close to these places. It is dangerous and obviously dangerous. Some people though believe they are special.
I thank the Soldiers for putting their lifes on the line for me. I personally believe they are protecting my life.
I have sympathy for journalist, and would not want sympathy if I died in Iraq. I would have got what was possible, I made that choice, I am responsible. But in this too poltically correct world everyone wants to by dysfunctional and blame other for their problems. The journalist and the body guard had happen what happens.
Andy, I thought with all of the traveling you have done you would have a little more sense. I know the soldiers are in a tense situation but you weren't there, so you should not comment on the situation. Someone's loved one died. Think.
I have traveled, and most have not...
I see this issure clear.
The Soldier should not be made to feel guilty for doing a good job of protecting his post and following the rules of engagement. Yes a person died, but they are responsible for their own safety. This is the lesson I learn daily, I am responsible for the safety of myself. If I die I cannot blame my country, the other person, anybody, I am resposible for my safety and to not go into harms way is the firt rule.
The soldier did his or her job correctly, yes I use a literary license to exploit the concept by says, USA Misses the Target, but this was the job of the soldier to stop by any means necessary the oncoming person, knowing that they must or possilbly die. That is the soldiers choice, do the job or die trying.
To me your obervations are naive and unfocuse, missing the essentials. Time to see the real world and leave your arm chair.
Life is risk, I am responsible for it. Thanks to the USA soldier that did a good job, he or she is doing this in my name, in the name of my country and is risking their life for me. I thank them all, no greater love than to lay down your life for another.