Soldier from Jamestown, N.Y., dies in...

Soldier from Jamestown, N.Y., dies in Iraq

There are 73 comments on the GoErie.com story from Sep 5, 2008, titled Soldier from Jamestown, N.Y., dies in Iraq. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

A soldier from Jamestown, N.Y., died in Iraq this week while serving with the Army's 10th Mountain Division.

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No-Nickel Jody

Pittsburgh, PA

#1 Sep 5, 2008
He died illegally occupying a soverign nation. I wonder if it was a payback for the ex-Marine acquited for murdering Iraqi prisoners? He shouldn't have been there in the first place.
stimpy

Columbus, OH

#2 Sep 5, 2008
No-Nickel Jody wrote:
He died illegally occupying a soverign nation. I wonder if it was a payback for the ex-Marine acquited for murdering Iraqi prisoners? He shouldn't have been there in the first place.
Hey there Smedley! You are a jagoff. This kid was doing you a favor and lost his life in the process. Why don't you go back to your cave, you insensitive prick.

“Love Freedom, Thank a Soldier”

Since: Feb 08

Erie,PA

#3 Sep 5, 2008
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“Love Freedom, Thank a Soldier”

Since: Feb 08

Erie,PA

#4 Sep 5, 2008
I see - we will cesor the word p r ick , but we'll let Smedley post his bs bile all day long under different screen names? Smed you are a joke, just like your alleged service record.
name

Alexandria, VA

#5 Sep 5, 2008
No-Nickel Jody wrote:
He died illegally occupying a soverign nation. I wonder if it was a payback for the ex-Marine acquited for murdering Iraqi prisoners? He shouldn't have been there in the first place.
why dont you go to his family's house and spout off with this sh*t?? mr big bad marine combat vet??
Total BS

United States

#6 Sep 5, 2008
Everyone just calm down Smedley has a problem and he needs professional help. We need to take up a collection for him so we can get him the best help possible. All he really needs is love.
name

Arlington, VA

#8 Sep 5, 2008
Marat wrote:
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Yes he died illegally occupying a sovereign nation but his death wasn't caused by the patriots defending their homeland.
I suspect that he killed himself through shame at what he was doing to innocent citizens, as these suicides are nearly always called "not combat deaths" and seem to warrant prolonged investigation.
Whatever, good riddance to the murdering grunt.
nothing to do in the uk today i see???
Adolf

AOL

#9 Sep 5, 2008
He did not die in Iraq fighting terrorism. He was murdered by Bush and Cheney for oil company interests and war profiteering. They should be in jail for life. The many lies they told to take us into an unnecessary war is criminal. They should not get away with their crime. Even impeachment is too good for these murderers. They should be indicted for mass murder. They are Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer a hundred times over. These small time mass murderes are like boy scouts when compared to Bush and Cheney and their neocon cohorts.
grasshopper

West Chester, OH

#10 Sep 5, 2008
i would love to meet you. this old redneck hillbillie love to have hole-down dance on your face. i will give a promice you would change your ways. so tell me where i can meet you for that dance
No-Nickel Jody wrote:
He died illegally occupying a soverign nation. I wonder if it was a payback for the ex-Marine acquited for murdering Iraqi prisoners? He shouldn't have been there in the first place.
Stugots

Jamestown, NY

#11 Sep 5, 2008
Adolf wrote:
He did not die in Iraq fighting terrorism. He was murdered by Bush and Cheney for oil company interests and war profiteering. They should be in jail for life. The many lies they told to take us into an unnecessary war is criminal. They should not get away with their crime. Even impeachment is too good for these murderers. They should be indicted for mass murder. They are Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer a hundred times over. These small time mass murderes are like boy scouts when compared to Bush and Cheney and their neocon cohorts.
You are one ignorant Dinkwad ,War has to passed through an act of congress.Blame your treehuggin' nandy pambdy liberal party right along with bush... they knew the circumstances, they voted YES!!! You must be another o bah bah , kool-aid drinking lamb , who will follow that snake oil circus we call the democratic party!Your one step from the edge of the cliff.
concerned citizen

Jamestown, NY

#12 Sep 5, 2008
Right on!
former jimtowner

Santa Monica, CA

#13 Sep 5, 2008
It is truly a shame that another brave soldier has fallen in defense of an ideal. All of you who disparage the American Soldier are way off base. Our soldiers are brave men who do what they are told. The fault lies in the criminal actions of the Bush administration. If the articles of the Geneva Convention were applied to the current administration the same way we applied them to the Nazis at the end of WWII Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz would all be swinging from ropes. It is now and was then (1939) illegal to start an offensive war. That's exactly what Bush and his henchmen did (including ALL members of Congress who voted "yes"). They should be prosecuted for it so that the men who died in WWII did not do so in vain. If you want to learn more about this go to the Justice Robert H. Jackson center in Jamestown. Justice Jackson was the Supreme Court Justice who headed the Nuremburg war tribunals after WWII. He most certainly would have called for prosecution of these criminals.
Bob

Little Genesee, NY

#14 Sep 5, 2008
Actually throughout the Clinton administration, Saddam violated the cease fire agreement from the Gulf War. So, we could have gone in anytime we really wanted. But, Clinton didn't have the stones to do anything, except for when he was caught with his pants down, then he bombed something.
former jimtowner

Santa Monica, CA

#15 Sep 5, 2008
Yes Bob, that is accurate to some degree. My question to you is this... Why did the Bush administration have to lie to the American people to justify this latest invasion? I believe it's because the American people would not have approved of this shameful adventure otherwise. They had to create a "bogeyman" by ignoring sensible intelligence estimates and claiming falsely that there were WMDs and most ridiculously implying that there was some tie between 9-11 and Iraq which there was not. The 9-11 terrorists were largely Saudi Arabian trained in Afghanistan and of course the Saudi royal family are the Bush's personal friends so there will be no bombing of Saudi Arabia where there are plenty of anti-US terrorists. We should have kept our efforts in Afghanistan rather than opening a second front which has done no good, only harm to our soldiers, our economy, and our reputation in the world. Legal or not, going into Iraq was a very stupid thing to do... Too bad we can't prosecute our elected leaders for stupidity, but then again there would be no room on the court docket for anything else.
Stugots

Jamestown, NY

#16 Sep 8, 2008
former jimtowner wrote:
They had to create a "bogeyman" by ignoring sensible intelligence estimates and claiming falsely that there were WMDs

Stugots wrote:somebody should tell the 5000 Kurds that were gased by Hussien. He admitted @ trail that he vowed to kill 180000 kurds!
steve

Elmira, NY

#17 Sep 8, 2008
If the litmus test for the U.S. to invade another country is not only WMD's, but also genocide, as it appears Stugots is eluding, then why wasn't the President George W. Douche making a case to invade Rwanda, Sudan, and Mauretania? All these nations are, or currently were, suffering from massive genocide efforts during the Bush Administration.

The simple fact is the Bush Administration was looking for a reason, any reason, to invade Iraq and used WMD's and the fascist, authoriatarian government of Hussein as an excuse to do so.

I've yet to see him make an attempt to "liberate" the African nations that are facing the same problems.

If you're going to cloak you're own, personal interests (Bush-Oil, Cheney-Haliburtan) behind the effort to liberate another country, then you damn well better apply that policy to other countries as well, or everyone (or at least anyone with half an ounce of sense) will see you're ruse for what it is and call you out on it.

“Bernie Goetz is my hero”

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#18 Sep 8, 2008
The simple fact is the Bush Administration was looking for a reason, any reason, to invade Iraq and used WMD's and the fascist, authoriatarian government of Hussein as an excuse to do so.
You said hussein..tsk tsk

Now the LIBS are gonna think that you TOO hate mr 0'bomber..LOL

“Witch King of Angmar”

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#19 Sep 8, 2008
No-Nickel Jody wrote:
He died illegally occupying a soverign nation. I wonder if it was a payback for the ex-Marine acquited for murdering Iraqi prisoners? He shouldn't have been there in the first place.
Go to hades you sack of diarrhetic elephant dung. Take out your anger on the government. Don't take it out on the soldiers who are only obeying orders. Taking it out on the soldiers is just crass beyond belief and shows a complete and total lack of class and civility.
steve

Elmira, NY

#21 Sep 9, 2008
Even though the Nuremberg Defense ("the common foot soldier is merely following superior orders and is not responsible for his/her crimes") was not acceptable during the war crime trials of WW2, it has been held up in other wartime instances, mostly because of the Catch 22 situation the soldier has been confronted with (follow orders and possible commit a crime, don't follow orders and face punishment).
As an American, I would have no problem seeing our current leaders brought to justice via an international war crimes trial but you would have to be an idiot to say our fellow countrymen are to blame for what their government has told them to do.

“Witch King of Angmar”

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#22 Sep 9, 2008
Marat wrote:
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Just obeying orders became a reduntant excuse at the trials after WW2. Murdering innocent folk for oil makes them the scum of the earth.
You need to get down on your knees and pray to Lt Watada to help you see the difference between right and wrong.
Considering that our soldiers are not over there butchering hundreds of thousands or even hundreds of civilians in concentration camps for not reason than their race/religion your use of the Nuremburg argument is just sad and pathetic and reveals the depths of your ignorance.

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