May 22, 2009
Posted: 1711 GMT

Ex U.S. soldier Steven Green was sentenced to life without parole for the March 2006 murder and rape of an Iraqi teen and the murder of her family.

What do you think of the sentence?

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SensibleAli   May 22nd, 2009 5:28 pm ET

Don't want to hear what Germans and Russians did to each other in WW II. Or think of all the wars before that ... Why is everybody abusing the U.S.? This is just one – 1 ! – case in several years. Of course, because of its rareness, it has drawn a lot of attention.

John   May 22nd, 2009 5:40 pm ET

What he did was unforgivable, but we should also not forget that this guy probably wasn't planning to do this when he left for Iraq. Veterans often have strange behaviour and to avoid things like this, the army should focus much more on keeping an eye on those in the military who behave strange. Seeing war crimes all the time probably makes it easier to commit them yourselves!

Marc   May 22nd, 2009 6:33 pm ET

I agree with SensibleAli, because in those days there was no media whom reportet over misery that happend then.
But why are not the politicians indicted, whom said that there where weapons of mass destruction in Irak?

Because the politicians sent the poor soldiers over there under false pretenses.
These soldiers were not prepared for the misery that they witnessed.

The same happened in Vietnam!!!!
What John said sounds logical.

Bye bye from Belgium.

Bill S   May 22nd, 2009 7:13 pm ET

He got a whole lot less then he gave to those people.
Bill S

AK   May 22nd, 2009 7:40 pm ET

No justice has been done. In fact, US never do justice to any muslim people (or country).

Dan   May 22nd, 2009 7:41 pm ET

What he and his friends did was pre meditated therefore he got what he deserves. He gives a bad name to the US Armed forces and broke all code of conduct worthy of a US Soldier. I dont care what problem he had he acted like a criminal & rapist.I agree with the user who said this has nothing to do with WWII, it doesnt, and people need to stop blaming the war for the few war crimes commited by some. The U.S. went in Iraq to free the people whether the world believes in it or not!

Chris V   May 22nd, 2009 7:46 pm ET

While it may seem justice has been served the reality is that this incident happened ouside the US border. This incident happened in a country occupied by US military.

If a US citizen committed rape and murder in the UK, or France or South Africa while on holiday or prolonged visit...where would they be tried? They may be a flight risk and try escape to the US...but extradition treaties will mean the person is sought by Interpoll and brought back to be tried in the country where that crime was commited. Yes the agreement may not have been in effect at that time the crime was committed... but that should not be an excuse to let this punk get off.

This sends a message to the Iraqi people. One which further paints the US in a poor light. I would say give him over to the Iraqi's to be tried. He will probably go through much worse as a prisoner and probably be subject to rape and humiliation himself. So it might just be more humane to hand him over for Iraqi retribution.

jack   May 22nd, 2009 8:53 pm ET

ofcourse the justice has not served to him ; it does not make any sense to massacre just for the sake of raping the poor and innocent girl who had a lot of sweet dreams for her future and after that be sure that just because i am american i wont be faced penalty death.....

Sayah   May 23rd, 2009 10:44 am ET

Hi everyone!
Let us just posit that this US soldier ", not an Iraqi soldier on the American soil, " has committed the same crime in the United States;
– first, what would have been the reaction of the Americans.
– and second, what have been the sentence.
John, I think you're defending an act of a rapist and criminal. This is unforgivable. It's better to prevent such criminals to take arms and hold the American flag on their Shoulder.
I do not agree with Chris V, simply because the system of government there in Iraq is not on the right rail yet; better to hand him over to the European community, knowing that he will not be sentenced to death. I think, this is the only way to serve justice.

truithseeker   May 26th, 2009 2:01 pm ET

no justice served here, this crime reveals a monster who should be tortured in guantanamo and then executed, this encourages other american occupying soldiers to do the same.

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