I confess, I was a little disappointed in the sentence handed down to Sgt. Paul Cortez yesterday at the end of his court martial. According to his plea agreement, Cortez was sentenced to 100 years in prison for his part in the murder of a 14 year old Iraqi girl after gang raping her and murdering her family.
As long as Sgt. Cortez will be eligible for parole in 10 years, why not make a real statement to other GI's serving in Iraq before participating in the commission of a similar atrocity.
Instead of a 100 year sentence, with a possible 10 year parole, why not really make soldiers think twice in the future by knowing if they go astray, they could be given a 900 year, or say a thousand year sentence even! (With eligibility for parole in 10 years, of course).
Knowing one will face a thousand year sentence may go a long way towards eliminating rapes and murders by GI's tempted to step outside human civility during wartime.