“He broke the RoE. He shot an Afghan man who wasn’t offering an immediate threat. That makes it murder. Court martial him. He’s obviously guilty! What’s that you said? Battle fatigue? Well, tie him to a post, blindfold him, and shoot him at dawn. Usually do that with ‘battle fatigue’ cases, don’t we?”
Well, no, not for most of the last century, and shooting men suffering from ‘shell-shock’ or ‘exhaustion’ or ‘combat stress disorder’ or ‘psychoneurosis’ is surely today abhorrent to almost everyone, as public support for the grant of pardons to the Great War victims undeniably demonstrates. The attitude of the public may indeed be in part emotional, but the official agreement with that attitude is not. The new official attitude is owed not to emotion but to a greater understanding of the medical factors contributing to battle fatigue.
Or so it was thought … until we read the weird…
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