If you had probable reason to believe someone was going to kill your family, would you not rough someone up a little to get the name of the person who posed the threat? I would, in a civilian situation... put my men in harm's way, and you'd better bet I would as a Lt. Col (or any office, NCO, up). Col. West discharged a firearm, pointed away from the detainee. I'd have put a slug in each appendage until the guy talked, discharge, be-damned. Ask the wives of those soldiers if they think what he did makes him a war criminal. Heck, ask the wife of the detainee (or his camel, if he didn't have a wife). Everyone walked away alive, from that situation.