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November 19th, 2009
10:23 AM ET
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. george in birmingham

    Murder has to be punished. War has rules. If soldiers do not live by rules 'of engagement', and kill suspects they lower the society's value which they pledge to protect. Where is it in the army handbook that soldiers act as jury, judge and executioner? I call that behavior anomie. Those of you idiots who rationalize this behavior, go back to the 'eye for an eye' doctrine some 1000 years ago and become a mercenary. You choose to go to war, pick up a gun and kill to defend your country, not disgrace it-and you cannot do it on your terms. Shame on those defender of 'brotherhood'. The whole lot of those disgraced soldiers and defenders, should think long and hard about responsibility and how they disgraced their flag and countymen.

    November 20, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  2. Sapper65

    As a combat vet I definately support those soldiers that were convicted and Cunningham was a poor excuse for an NCO.

    He sold out, his squad, his team and his unit....this is war and it's not just black and white..their is a hell of a lot of grey....

    November 20, 2009 at 8:30 am |
  3. Tim O'Hooligan

    Murder is murder even if it wears diamond necklaces. These bums got what was coming to them. And less stop the foolishness. Most people serving in the armed forces did not enlist to "protect our freedoms". They enlisted because they could not earn a living any other way and saw the military as a road to some easy cash. No one has the right to shoot an unarmed person in the back of the head.

    November 20, 2009 at 3:56 am |
  4. plynthe

    Calling murder war does not remove it from the definition. Wrongful killing of detainees with their hands tied. Cowardly, vile and sick. A true disservice to those who fought and obeyed the laws of humanity and the Geneva Convention. A further disservice to the meaning of "American" or "Human". I thought the pacing through the wedding props and plans seems trite compared to freaking murder. "Oh, look, her dream wedding is on hold". Those executed won't have another day above ground. Kind of ridiculous and tabloidistic, melodramatic treatment of very serious war crimes.

    November 19, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  5. Jack L

    I remember Viet Nam and the atrocities. Today we hear the same excuses that ring empty. These GIs that killed the Iraqis would have done the same to the whistle blower if given the chance. They deserve execution!

    November 19, 2009 at 7:29 pm |
  6. Rory

    Dear Anderson,

    Its pretty obvious to me that most people in america want these guys to be released. What do we need to do to get these hero's pardoned???

    November 19, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  7. Valery Fabrikant

    I don't buy this story about detainees being released. I believe this to be a lie, which those soldiers invented in order to justify the murders they committed. Just look at the facts. In Afghanistan, Canadian soldiers had to stop transmission of detainees to Afghani authorities because Afghani authorities tortured them. Why should we presume that situation in Iraq would be different from that in Afghanistan?

    November 19, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  8. s. Vang

    I don't think many people realize how hard it is to be a soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan. To make the right decisions to protect their own soldiers, and making sure that they do not get killed. Yes, those Iraqi insurgents have family, but they are the terrorist who terrorize their OWN people, and purposefully kill American soldiers. I understand that they too, are people, but seriously, this is war.

    If you were in a firefight with someone who is trying to kill you, would you arrest them, knowing that they will be freed the next day just to try to kill you again, or would you take care of the problem? Many people who think it's wrong are those who have never gone to war, OR will never have to thanks to the sacrifices our soldiers make.

    November 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  9. A. Smith, Oregon

    Greetings Anderson Cooper, I love your show and congratulate you on continued outstanding success with the CNN Hero's presentations.

    The Canal Executions bring up a very predictable yet troubling Double Standard which the US Military is impossibly being called upon to apply to suspected war criminals.

    Each of the highly decorated US Ranger's have repeatedly stated that each of the suspected criminals they rounded up had to be released within 3 days or less if no definite evidence was found and proven against them.

    The CIA routinely kidnapped suspected war criminals all over the world and held them for over SEVEN YEARS without any charges nor definite evidence found and proven against them.

    3 Days for Decorated Ranger Soldiers, 7+ Years for CIA Detainees?

    That disgraceful double standard speaks volumes about the shortcomings of the Department of Defense and its appalling lack of judgment in correcting this impossible double standard before it resulted in the canal executions.

    November 19, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  10. Mike N.

    The My Lai Massacre was the mass murder conducted by a unit of the U.S. Army on March 16, 1968 of 347 to 504 unarmed citizens in South Vietnam, all of whom were civilians and a majority of whom were women, children, and elderly people.

    Many of the victims were sexually abused, beaten, tortured, and some of the bodies were found mutilated. The massacre took place in the hamlets of Mỹ Lai and My Khe of Sơn Mỹ village during the Vietnam War. While 26 US soldiers were initially charged with criminal offenses for their actions at My Lai, only William Calley was convicted. He served only three years of an original life sentence, while on house arrest.

    So is the life of an Iraqi insurgent worth more than these in Vietnam?

    November 19, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  11. jim

    I would want to personalityTHANK THEM! they should be considerd NATIONAL HEROS ! Thats why its called WAR folks! They should release them immendiately ! THANK YOU

    November 19, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  12. gunnybob

    These crimes have beeen going on for 100 years and the military has a double standered with this.The only reason this has happen to these 4 soldiers because command needs to send a message to all our troops to stop doing this.This bye no means is the first time this has happened over there.War is a battle field court judge and jury.Civilians will never understand this .When a soldier fires his weapon for the first time and kills he or she lives with this for the rest of there life .When they close there eyes at night it never goes away but somehow they live with it.And when you see a dead soldier over there that never goes away to.You people that say these horrible things about these soldiers stop right now ad get up and look out your window .They call that freedom and thats what they are killing for and dying for everyday.ONLY FOR YOU .Let them go home to ther families when you take away there honor you take away there life.So dont hate them cry for them because the troops over there cry for you every day

    November 19, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  13. Brian J. Adams

    Even though this story showcases some of the terrible things that happen in a war, it is important that general public stays informed. I am glad that investigating journalism is finally making a comeback. Keep em honest Coop!

    November 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  14. Brian

    I think its a tough situation our soldiers are in. We'll have to wait for the investigation, but its a bad reflection on the US when a blatant murder of a non-combatant occures. Its a black eye regardless. Our Soldiers have to keep that in mind amid the stress and anxiety they are going through at the time. You can't take action into our own hands when your enemy has become a prisoner of war.

    November 19, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  15. Andy

    While these American wives and families must bear terrible suffering, let's not forget that these nameless and faceless Iraqi insurgents (who were killed execution style) also had wives, children, and families. Their Iraqi families will never know whether their loved ones are ever coming back or whether their bodies may ever be recovered to offer them a proper burial and some measure of closure. In war, sufferring occurs on both sides. Failing to report this perspective risks insinuating that the lives of American soldiers are more valuable than that of their Iraqi counterparts.

    Would we be reporting this story in a similar fashion if Iraqi soldiers had invaded the US and the reverse had happened?

    November 19, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  16. Felix

    My comment is I think that a lot of people forgot when a group of our young soldier where killed in Iraq and their bodies were dragged on the street and some of they body part hanged in a bridge, and a lot of Iraqies where dancing, jumping and celebrating.

    The terrorist commit crimes against our troops, they arrest them and the next day they are again in the streets, those soldiers are not criminals they are men that saw many things happening and the terrorist getting
    away with murder.

    My feeling is that they did the right thing, one eyes for one eyes after the II war world thousands of prisoners were executed and no soldier went to Jail.

    Ideassoul

    November 19, 2009 at 11:50 am |