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Friday, June 02, 2006

The Cost of Obedience is Death

Go, stranger, and tell the Spartans
That we lie here in obedience to their laws

Del Gaudio said he made a tough call after a roadside bomb killed four of his men in April. While securing the scene, he was shot at by a machine gun in a follow-up attack. When he aimed his weapon to return fire, he saw that the gunmen had a line of children standing in front of them and two men filming with video cameras. He held fire until the children moved out of the way but was shot in his hand, which was only inches from his face. "Restraint almost cost me my life," he said.

In the context of the investigation of the deaths in Haditha, it may be worth musing - especially by the warriors of the drive-by-media - how many of our men have died in obedience to our "rules of engagement" - our laws.

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