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They kill Louis Jones Jr.
By Milton Hirsch
Death Watch columns.
Louis Jones Jr. served in the first Gulf War. He served with
distinction, and came back with decorations. He was one of about 130,000
U.S. soldiers who were exposed to Iraqi nerve gas when our troops
destroyed an enemy weapons depot in the spring of 1991. How that
affected him — how much that affected him — we’ll never know. What we
know is that they killed Louis Jones Jr. last March.
But Louis Jones Jr. did not die of any war wound. We killed him
ourselves. Louis was executed for committing a brutal murder. Whether
that murder had anything to do with what Louis endured in war is the
sort of thing people argue about. But there’s no arguing with the fact
that America taught Louis Jones Jr. to kill, sent him to kill, and asked
him to be ready to die. He was an instrument of America’s will,
prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice. Then he died at America’s
hands, subjected by America to its ultimate penalty. There’s no argument
Crime spikes after
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