War Crimes

From CNN:

A U.S. soldier was sentenced to 100 years in prison Thursday for the gang rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and the killing of her family last year.

Sgt. Paul E. Cortez, 24, also was given a dishonorable discharge. He will be eligible for parole in 10 years under the terms of his plea agreement.

Cortez, of Barstow, California, pleaded guilty this week to four counts of felony murder, rape and conspiracy to rape in a case considered among the worst atrocities by U.S. military personnel in Iraq.

In his plea agreement, he said he conspired with three other soldiers from the Fort Campbell-based 101st Airborne Division to rape 14-year-old Abeer Qassim al-Janabi. The girl, her parents and a younger sister were all killed.

Hmmm. Ten years in prison for a gang rape and four counts of murder. Guess it's a good thing he decided to rape an Iraqi girl rather than, say, a little blonde American. Cause that'll actually get you serious jail time.

Yes, I know: he's testifying against the others. But still -- 10 years for 4 murders!? Is that really the best we can manage here?

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