Today I have a guest post from the author of America, our Military, and the Roman Empire. Our guest author served as a US Marine in the Vietnam War, and later as a soldier in the Rhodesian Army during the Bush War, which makes him uniquely qualified to comment on the recent case of an American fighting in Syria being charged for the use of “WMD’s” while abroad.  Here, our guest author will go by his callsign from his days in Rhodesia, Yankee Papa. -Jack

There was a recent story about an American who is being prosecuted for “terrorism…”  The short version of this story is that he served in the U.S. Army in the U.S. for some years and was discharged for damage to his head requiring a metal plate.

He wanted to fight against Syria. He went to Turkey and met up with an anti-Assad group.  He claims to have fought with them against Assad military forces. He did not serve in Al Qaeda forces… though (as is normal in that part of the world) sometimes his group in the same actions against the Assad military.

He doesn’t seem to be particularly nice or smart. He is reputed to be extremely anti-Israeli and posted his alleged doings on Facebook.

The U.S. government could not charge him for being a member of Al Qaeda… so they are prosecuting him for “terrorism” as follows:

“Eric Harroun, 30, of Phoenix, was charged in U.S. District Court in Alexandria with ‘conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction’ – specifically, a rocket propelled grenade launcher – outside the U.S.”

In short, he is being charged with “terrorism” because he used an RPG… a normal weapon for soldiers in any military force anywhere in the world. Like being charged with “conspiring to wear a backpack…” An RPG might be considered a WMD in the lobby of a Nordstrom store… but hardly on a battlefield.

US Code (military purposes) defines a weapon of mass destruction as: