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    US solider receives life sentence.

    BBC News - Afghan massacre soldier Robert Bales gets life sentence


    The US soldier who murdered 16 Afghan villagers last year has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    Staff Sgt Robert Bales, 40, opened fire on men, children and women during the attack in Kandahar on 11 March 2012.

    The father of two pleaded guilty in June to avoid the death penalty.




    Justice for the victims or should he have got the death penalty?
    ‘This is not peace, it is an armistice for 20 years.’ (Ferdinand Foch. After the Treaty of Versailles, 1919).

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    Re: US solider receives life sentence.

    fortunately!
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    Re: US solider receives life sentence.

    Apparently he cooperated to avoid the death penalty.

    I'll admit, I'm of two minds about it. I can completely understand the case for the death penalty here, and completely understand the argument of someone placed under pressures he could no longer handle. It's a tragedy all around.

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    Re: US solider receives life sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Apparently he cooperated to avoid the death penalty.

    I'll admit, I'm of two minds about it. I can completely understand the case for the death penalty here, and completely understand the argument of someone placed under pressures he could no longer handle. It's a tragedy all around.
    Yes it is! Heartbreaking as well considering he has two kids who will grow up without a father. You have to wonder was he always a bad egg or did soemthing actually set him off out there?
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    Re: US solider receives life sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Apparently he cooperated to avoid the death penalty.

    I'll admit, I'm of two minds about it. I can completely understand the case for the death penalty here, and completely understand the argument of someone placed under pressures he could no longer handle. It's a tragedy all around.
    If he killed people in the U.S we wouldn't even be discussing this, why are Afghan civilians of less value? If we regard the lives of those we are supposed to be protecting so callously then what are we doing there?

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    Re: US solider receives life sentence.

    Hamid Karzai reading this news will be telling himself "Holy ****, he took 16 lives and now he is enjoying free food and lodging for life"

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    Re: US solider receives life sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by Red_Dave View Post
    If he killed people in the U.S we wouldn't even be discussing this, why are Afghan civilians of less value? If we regard the lives of those we are supposed to be protecting so callously then what are we doing there?
    That's the clincher. It must feel inconvenient for military judicial system that he and the Fort Hood shooter were sentenced on the same day. The fact will not be lost on the world that the Fort Hood shooter was not permitted to enter a guilty plea and avoid the death penalty, whereas Bales was. It's unsurprising Bales victims feel they were robbed of justice, even though I think LWP is the correct verdict for both cases.
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    Re: US solider receives life sentence.

    I'm against the death penalty.

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    Re: US solider receives life sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    I'm against the death penalty.
    saddam shouldnt have been executed ,eco ?
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    Re: US solider receives life sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    That's the clincher. It must feel inconvenient for military judicial system that he and the Fort Hood shooter were sentenced on the same day. The fact will not be lost on the world that the Fort Hood shooter was not permitted to enter a guilty plea and avoid the death penalty, whereas Bales was. It's unsurprising Bales victims feel they were robbed of justice, even though I think LWP is the correct verdict for both cases.
    First, the Ft. Hood shooter was convicted but has not yet been sentenced. Are you sure you know what you're talking about? Second, the Ft. Hood shooter declined having an attorney and appears, by all measurements, to be attempting to get the death penalty. Nonetheless, I'm against him getting the death penalty.

    Funny how some people against the death penalty suddenly become for it when the defendant is military.

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