Healing the Enemy?
I'm sure nearly everyone in the blogosphere has heard of the medic who was wounded by a sniper, shot back, and then tracked down his assailant to … give him first aid:
Prediction: This will be covered by Arab media. Some of them will treat this as evidence of American weakness. Others will treat it as the standard for treating snipers and anything less will be regarded as a violation of human rights. If the sniper escapes and shoots another soldier and future snipers don't get first aid, that will be held against us.
During a routine patrol in Baghdad June 2, Army Pfc. Stephen Tschiderer, a medic, was shot in the chest by an enemy sniper, hiding in a van just 75 yards away. The incident was filmed by the insurgents.
Tschiderer, with E Troop, 101st “Saber” Cavalry Division, attached to 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was knocked to the ground from the impact, but he popped right back up, took cover and located the enemy’s position.
After tracking down the now-wounded sniper with a team from B Company, 4th Battalion, 1st Iraqi Army Brigade, Tschiderer secured the terrorist with a pair of handcuffs and gave medical aid to the terrorist who’d tried to kill him just minutes before.
Another prediction: The next leftist meme will be “If Iraqi snipers can get government-paid health care, why can't everyone?”
This also reminds me of a scenario I've wondered about: An adolescent terrorist is captured by our side. He occupies his time by threatening that all of his descendants will have eternal revenge on Western Civilization. After listening to this for a while, one of the soldiers takes a knife and bobbits him.
I suppose they have to heal the prick but do they have to restore his penis as well?