Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Spanish Want Three Third ID Soldiers.

HT: The Drudge Report.

MADRID, Spain - A judge has issued an international arrest warrant for three U.S. soldiers whose tank fired on a Baghdad hotel during the Iraq war, killing a Spanish journalist and one other, a court official said Wednesday.

Judge Santiago Pedraz issued the warrant for Sgt. Shawn Gibson, Capt. Philip Wolford and Lt. Col. Philip de Camp, all from the U.S. 3rd Infantry.

Jose Couso, who worked for the Spanish television network Telecinco, died April 8, 2003, after a U.S. army tank crew fired a shell on Hotel Palestine in Baghdad where several journalists were staying to cover the war.
Source: Yahoo News - Spanish Judge Issues Warrant for Three GIs

Wretchard at the Belmont Club addressed this sort of thing sometime ago at his blog I commented its fine to issue such warrants but apprehension is quite another thing. Its like winning a judgment in a money dispute, the judge says the defendant owes you money, now you have to collect it. Wretchard while agreeing to the premise of my comment stated there is a bigger battle here. That is along the PR war being fought.

If every accident in Iraq is portrayed as a war crime than we are in trouble. In fact with reporters it seems there are no accidents. A reporter can be hanging out with the terrorists with his camera in the middle of a shootout and when the reporter gets shot there are howls of indignation. What it seems people are demanding is Top Secret shooting.

Top Secret was the spoof movie of WWII flicks that came out in the 80s and IIRC it was created by the guys who made Airplane. In one scene the good guys are fighting hand to hand with German soldiers and it is all mixed up. Chocolate Moose takes his huge machine gun and opens up and sprays lead on the whole crowd, and in the end only the German soldiers are killed.

You know, part of Iraq are....a war zone.