Neal Puckett says of the Haditha tragedy: “Unless you
were on the ground that day, you can’t judge.” I
those who were on the ground that day are precluded from judging
by ancient principle: iniquum est aliquem suae rei esse judicem.
One should not be judge in his or her own affairs.
recently, cognitive psychology suggests serious weakness in
the perceptions of intensely involved witnesses. We need to
hear them of course, but license to judge would be a mistake.
last, if moral standing to judge were limited to participants,
the meaning of discipline would be lost, and there would be
no distinction between necessary force and mayhem.