Tuesday, December 13, 2005

In the Sandbox...

Frustration Over Detainees

I’m with the writer of “Don’t release detainees” 140 percent!

Your main concern was about the release of prisoners from Abu Ghraib, but this is just as relevant. We’ve detained many individuals who were, without a doubt, guilty. Unfortunately, the Army doesn’t have the right equipment to properly handle the evidence, so we can rarely send them up, and they end up getting released.

Something as simple as the ability to retrieve fingerprints from individuals and objects and submit them to a library would increase our effectiveness tenfold.

The frustration I feel is unbearable at times. Most have no idea what it’s like to look in the eyes of the man who just killed your buddy then watch him walk free 24 hours later; I feel for those who do. Worse, all the while you have a stockpile of evidence to convict this man, but because we don’t have the equipment to link him to the crime, it becomes inadmissible.

We’re here to be police, but we’re only soldiers.

Those who’ve not experienced what it’s like to be a soldier in situations such as these will never be able to grasp or understand why we have to do what is sometimes considered unethical.

Despite our minors flaws, we are the most honorable combatants ever making this an extremely difficult war to fight. A lot of people tend to overlook that our enemy is not like us. They do not have the morals or laws we do. They will not hesitate for fear of consequences. They will gladly kill 100 of their own if it means killing one of ours. The enemy we face is lawless, heartless, cowardly and smart; a dangerous combination.

-Spc. Shane Yost, Forward Operating Base Mackenzie, Iraq (Stars & Stripes: Letters to the Editor)

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