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  •  They had stopped shooting by then (0+ / 0-)

    Had al-Awlaki renounced war against the US, he would not have been killed.

    •  how would he have renounced his war? (1+ / 0-)
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      after all he was a shoot on sight sort of guy.  Ever try to surrender in the middle of a hail of gunfire?

      •  had Pickett's men walked across the field (2+ / 0-)
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        at Gettysburg with white flags rather than with rifles, the war would have ended right then and there.

        •  they would have been shot to pieces (0+ / 0-)

          You have been reading too much about the chivalry of that war and not enough about the realities of the battlefield.  Also, I would point out that Pickett would have probably been executed for cowardice in the face of the enemy and disobeying direct orders.  

          Another useful point of comparison is the treatment of Tories following the Revolution.  While they were forced to leave the country and were dispossessed, at the same time there were no large scale trials of Tories for treason or widespread executions

          Scroll down for a list of people convicted of treason in US

          I note no summary executions unless you have some examples

          •  Hundreds of deserters were shot or hanged (0+ / 0-)

            during the American Civil War.

            Tories usually lost their property and were expelled from the United States. I know that happened in New York and North Carolina; it probably happened elsewhere, too. No summary executions I'm aware of other than as a result of the general terrorist campaigns of 1781 in North Carolina (and the Tories were bigger terrorists than the Revolutionaries).

            •  so now the guy is a deserter? (1+ / 0-)
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              If you wish summary executions, you may check out the Union forces in Shenandoah Valley in 1863-1864 (can't remember if any of Custer's outfit was involved off top of my head) but partisans were summarily hanged until partisans hanged 3 Union troops.  At that point, cooler heads prevailed and captured partisans were treated with respect.  Maybe those folks were onto an idea.

              (BTW check out Tarleyton's campaign of terror in the Waxhaws.  I am in the middle of Swamp Fox country)

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