Friday, April 29, 2005

Real justice in the military

From the AP story, the sergeant who attacked his fellow soldiers in Kuwait has been sentenced to death.

A military jury sentenced a soldier to death Thursday for a grenade and rifle attack on his own comrades during the opening days of the Iraq invasion, a barrage that killed two officers and that prosecutors said was driven by religious extremism.

Sgt. Hasan Akbar (search), who gave a brief, barely audible apology hours earlier, stood at attention between his lawyers as the verdict was delivered. He showed no emotion.

He could have been sentenced to life in prison with or without parole for the early morning March 2003 attack, which also wounded 14 fellow members of the Army's 101st Airborne Division (search) at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait.

As James Taranto noted, shortly after Akbar's attack, a San Francisco "peace" rally contained a protestor's sign that read: "WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS WHEN THEY SHOOT THEIR OFFICERS."

There hasn't been an execution of anyone on the military's death row since 1961. That streak should be ended.

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