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Should soldiers be prosecuted for war crimes?

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Started: 10/7/2014 Category: People
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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acramm16

Pro

In October, the US launched an airstrike in Afghanistan that killed three children – ages 8, 10, and 12 -while they were gathering firewood (or by some accounts, dung to burn as fuel). NATO issued its usual dismissive statement, admitting it may have “accidentally killed three innocent Afghan civilians.”




    • Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post recorded that such crimes have surged in recent years; the Pentagon estimates that 26,000 troops were assaulted or raped last year. But only a fraction of them, about 3,300, filed reports with military police or prosecutors in that time period.





    • Brian Palmer of www.slate.com U.S. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who was charged with killing 16 innocent Afghan civilians in March 2012, pleaded guilty to premeditated murder in military court.


    • The unfortunate consequence of this sensationalism, sadly, is to stigmatize not only veterans with PTSD, but all PTSD sufferers, as being potentially dangerous.



Who or What should be held accountable?????
leoghakj

Con

Humans from different countries aren't different from each other. Humans all laugh, cry, fight, and care for one another. Soldiers joined the army for reasons. Many join to protect their loved ones, so they can carry on experiencing the joy of life. Many join because they're unemployed. Many join because of pride.

http://www.merriam-webster.com...
Pride
: a feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people

: a feeling that you are more important or better than other people

: a feeling of happiness that you get when you or someone you know does something good, difficult, etc.

Every human being has pride, whether they like it or not. Pride drives humans to kill for lives of their people. Pride drives humans to fight, conquer, and ruin. Humans were designed that way. So rather than placing the blame on soldiers, should we pass it on to the trainers of soldiers? No. Should we pass it to the one who commands the armies? No. We can only pass the blame on our flaw, one of our 7 deadly sins... Pride. Therefore, soldiers shouldn't be persecuted. If humans were persecuted for pride, the human race would be gone a long time ago.
Debate Round No. 1
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Posted by leoghakj 2 years ago
leoghakj
That's actually very true.. Unless we can like get rid of our pride, wars will start again and again.
Posted by funnycn 2 years ago
funnycn
Hey buddy...it's the cost of war.
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Vote Placed by republicofdhar 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: As mentioned by other voters, Pro made no arguments for holding soldiers accountable for atrocities in war. Con went off on his own tangent. Neither get points.
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Reasons for voting decision: I'm nulling this vote. Pro didn't really present any justification for why these soldiers should be prosecuted, or indeed why these were "war crimes" rather than unfortunate collateral damage. Con's round didn't really address the motion in any meaningful sense. This was a 1 rounder, and as such never went into any kind of response period--it was hardly a debate at all. Nulled vote. As always, happy to clarify this RFD.