[quote]Iraqi officials and civilians called Friday for the death sentence for a former American soldier who was convicted of a crime that pressed at the worst extremes of the complicated and often fraught relationship of Iraqis and the American military: the rape of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl, and the killings of her and three members of her family.
Steven Dale Green, 24, who was an Army private at the time of the assault, in March 2006, was convicted Thursday on all 17 counts, including four counts of premeditated murder, in United States District Court in Paducah, Ky. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
News of the conviction reignited anger at the Americans among residents of Mahmudiya, the town 20 miles south of Baghdad where the girl and her family lived. Some were enraged that so heinous a crime should be tried in an American court.
Mr. Green was charged with being the instigator, moving the girl’s parents and her young sister into a back room while two of the soldiers raped her. Mr. Green shot the family members before raping the girl and then shooting her repeatedly in the head and trying to set fire to her body.
For some Iraqis, loathing of the American presence blended with skepticism that Mr. Green would receive a just penalty. “The American government won’t let anyone touch them,” said Qassim Salman Abdullah, 47, who lives in Yusufiya, not far from Mahmudiya. “All of their soldiers’ actions are brutal and criminal.”
If Mr. Green is sentenced to death, said Sheik Qais Aboud al-Janabi, 64, the head of the tribe of the rape victim, Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, it would “give Iraqi people full trust in the American judicial system.” He added, however, that otherwise, “there will be no room for trust between us and the American forces.”[/quote]
Throw the book at this despicable piece of filth. Reminds me of what Japanese soldiers did to whole families in the Rape of Nanking.
Of course if Bush had not ordered the Iraq invasion, this would not have happened.