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TheHead said:We may have not put his kids in that situation BUT we did promise him compensation which he hasnt revieved. If he turns into an insurgent its our fault.
It is the standard to pay "compensation" such as this; you're correct.
It is also in keeping with the religious and traditional beliefs of those of whom we are there to help.
Within their Muslim religious beliefs is the belief that compensation must be made for a wrongful death or that retaliation must occur.
Much like the family of a murder victim are invited to execute their loved ones killer(s) themselves; they may also choose to accept a payment of some form of compensation instead. That is their culture ... and has been for a millenia. Long before we arrived - so those of you who think this is a simple act to get rich off "us" need to think again. When one's religious beliefs see this as appropriate ... those of us who see it as inappropriate should ensure we go the proper route which is acceptable to our western standards --- and that is to pay the compensation.
That's normal. This isn't the first (and I'm quite sure it won't be the last) Muslim country where a "wrongful" death has been compensated in this manner by this Nation. This also occured in Somalia as an example. When we drop the ball on that --- it's us who have failed. We know what their culture and what their religion lays out for them as their alternative. That's why we choose to compensate and that's why we enter the agreements that we do. Don't blame the guy when we've not lived up to our end of it yet.
Hearts and minds people.
Some of you are picking the wrong poison.