...Marines interviewed on Tuesday said they didn't see the shooting as a scandal, rather the act of a comrade who faced intense pressure during the effort to quell the insurgency in the city.Those of you who blame the politicians for putting these men in the position they're in might not be considering the big picture. This is Roman-style, government sanctioned rape and pillage. Whether PTSD related or not, this is scary. It's more than scary that the young marine who pulled the trigger is going to have to look in the mirror someday after he's returned home, and he's not going to have the support and camaraderie of his unit right next to him.
'I can see why he would do it. He was probably running around being shot at for days on end in Falluja. There should be an investigation but they should look into the circumstances,' said Lance Corporal Christopher Hanson.
'I would have shot the insurgent too. Two shots to the head,' said Sergeant
Nicholas Graham, 24, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 'You can't trust these people. He should not be investigated. He did nothing wrong.'
“Semper Fi" doesn't buy a warrior many comforts when he lays awake alone at 3AM, long after he's taken off the uniform for the final time. Hauntings last a lifetime.