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    Australian soldier sentenced to hang in Afghanistan

    A former Australian soldier has been sentenced to death in Afghanistan for shooting dead an Afghan colleague then trying to blame the killling on the Taliban, Times Online reported.


    Robert Langdon, 38, who was working as a security contractor for the US-based firm Four Horsemen, was found guilty last October of killing the security guard, known as Karim, by shooting him four times in the head and body. The verdict was upheld by the Afghan Appeals Court last week.
    This incident again supports my argument that, when fighting a war, you should do it, not with civilian mercenaries, but with soldiers, who have a chain of command they must answer to.

    IMHO, Australia can scream all they want about the death sentence, but the killer deserved the sentence he got. He murdered a colleague, and then attempted to cover it up by making it look like the Taliban had killed him. If he had committed this crime in America, he would have gotten the same sentence. Had he been in the military, he would also have had to answer for his crime, by way of court martial.

    Just because people go to a country to fight doesn't exempt them from obeying the laws of that nation. The killer, Robert Langdon, should have thought about that before committing murder.

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    Re: Australian soldier sentenced to hang in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    This incident again supports my argument that, when fighting a war, you should do it, not with civilian mercenaries, but with soldiers, who have a chain of command they must answer to.

    IMHO, Australia can scream all they want about the death sentence, but the killer deserved the sentence he got. He murdered a colleague, and then attempted to cover it up by making it look like the Taliban had killed him. If he had committed this crime in America, he would have gotten the same sentence. Had he been in the military, he would also have had to answer for his crime, by way of court martial.

    Just because people go to a country to fight doesn't exempt them from obeying the laws of that nation. The killer, Robert Langdon, should have thought about that before committing murder.

    Article is here.
    A soldier, with a chain of command wouldn't have gotten the death penalty.
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    Re: Australian soldier sentenced to hang in Afghanistan

    I think that soldiers should not be held to Afghan law, but to military law. In this instance I agree with you though, this man was in Afghanistan and murdered someone and thus should pay for his crime under the Afghan court. However, if a soldier were to do this they should only answer to the military, the Afghan court can make appeals or talk with the military, but a military court should have jurisdiction over military personnel. As for US soldiers following Afghan laws... I don't think so, what if in Afghanistan they had laws against religious worship or forced people to follow Sharia? US soldiers shouldn't have to obey that.

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    Re: Australian soldier sentenced to hang in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    A soldier, with a chain of command wouldn't have gotten the death penalty.
    No, he wouldn't have. Langdon should have joined the military, instead of a mercenary outfit like "The Four Horsemen". But he made his decision, to go civilian, and also to commit murder, and now he will suffer the consequences for his bad decisions.
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    Re: Australian soldier sentenced to hang in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    No, he wouldn't have. Langdon should have joined the military, instead of a mercenary outfit like "The Four Horsemen". But he made his decision, to go civilian, and also to commit murder, and now he will suffer the consequences for his bad decisions.
    That's my point, his punishment wouldn't have been as severe were he in the service. Sounds like he's getting what he deserves.
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    Another point: I don't like it that the source referred to this butthead as a soldier. He was a mercenary. There is a big difference, and his using the term "soldier" is an insult to soldiers.
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    Re: Australian soldier sentenced to hang in Afghanistan

    If the Australian soldier was America would he still Hang,i dont think so,the American goverment would have not let this happen,and i quite agree.

    many American soldiers has lost there lives for defending your country,and i hope you will defend Australian soldier,there must be something else that made him do that.

    dont let that happen.

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    PS.As i will always support America,come what may.

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    Re: Australian soldier sentenced to hang in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Another point: I don't like it that the source referred to this butthead as a soldier. He was a mercenary. There is a big difference, and his using the term "soldier" is an insult to soldiers.
    I agree, he's a mercenary, and a murdering bastard. I have no sympathy for him. Let him hang, he falls under Afghan sovereignty without the protection of a military behind him.
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    Re: Australian soldier sentenced to hang in Afghanistan

    Afghan sovereignty Agentm,what does that mean,pure rubbish they the Afghan
    only want to kill Ameriacans no dout about that,they ****-in- hate us,so to stick up for this
    kind gentle guy,you must love these maggots that kill our soldiers,fuc- the whole lot,also who
    was he,could have been Taliban y not, or just kidding u guys on he loved
    American people whitch i do not believe,all probs rotten to the core he was.

    mikeey

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    Re: Australian soldier sentenced to hang in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeey View Post
    Afghan sovereignty Agentm,what does that mean,pure rubbish they the Afghan
    only want to kill Ameriacans no dout about that,they ****-in- hate us,so to stick up for this
    kind gentle guy,you must love these maggots that kill our soldiers,fuc- the whole lot,also who
    was he,could have been Taliban y not, or just kidding u guys on he loved
    American people whitch i do not believe,all probs rotten to the core he was.

    mikeey
    What?? You do realize that not all Afghans are Taliban, and that some are fighting with us, right, right? I somehow doubt you do, your ignorance is amusing sir. Have a good day.
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