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U.S. Army threatened soldier with cowardice charges

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  • thekoba@aztecfreenet.org
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 1, 2004
      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?

      --Kevin Walsh

      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
      murky.

      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
      term.

      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
      Springs.

      "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."

      --Karl Liebknecht
      1914
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