Many Talkbackers have already explained that pleading "I was only following orders" is not acceptable. This soldier should not have followed clearly illegal orders. I am however much more interested in where his orders came from and how they were conceived. I clearly remember in the weeks and months leading up to "Cast Lead" both military commanders and politicians announcing casually and arrogantly they were going to laid waste to the Gaza Strip/ wreak destruction. The military and political leadership is carrying prime responsibility for the behaviour of their soldiers in the field and they should be held accountable for it!!
U.S. asks Uzbekistan to join anti-ISIS coalition (Reuters)