U.S. Army threatened soldier with cowardice charges
- The following article, attributed to the Los Angeles
Times, appeared on page A19 of the thursday, January
1, 2004 edition of the Arizona Republic. What the
article does not say is particularly interesting. It
does not say that this soldier fled battle or deserted
his post, only that he became distraught at seeing
the corpse of an Iraqi soldier. Well, what can the
imperialists expect when they fill people with
images of glorious nearly bloodless conquest and
cheering crowds and then confront them with a very
different and sordid reality?
ARMY DROPS DERELICTION CHARGES AGAINST SOLDIER
Denver--The Army has dropped dereliction-of-duty
charges against a soldier it once accused of cowardice
after he became distraught at the sight of a dead,
badly mangled Iraqi soldier.
The decision was god news for Staff Sergeant Georg-
Andreas Pogany of Fort Carson, but his fate remains
The Army dropped the dereliction charge and threat of
a court-martial on December 18, offering Pogany an
Article 15 hearing with a commanding officer.
If found guilty, he faces lesser penalties, usually a
pay cut or decrease in rank, rather than a prison
Pogany, who says he is innocent, refused and now the
military must decide whether to drop the matter or go
ahead with the court-martial.
"The military is considering its options, it hasn't
taken the matter any further yet," said Richard
Bridges, spokesman at Fort Carson near Colorado
"These things can literally drag on for weeks or
months. The Army has to see if it has enough to go
forward with a court martial."
Bridges said charges of cowardice are extremely rare.
"I don't think they have brought one since Vietnam,"
he said. "I think there was one in Vietnam, one in
Korea and one in World War II."
Pogany, 32, was unavailable for comment.
"The enemy is at home."