The diffrence is when you have a group of men who dont represent a government. Al qaeda is not a government. It would be like saying the crips represents a country or africans. Or neo nazis represents caucasians. The problem is that american soldiers are representing the united states of america. They represent a country. They are suppose to uphold the laws of the country. there actions reflect on you. My question is everyday crimes are committed in a us city by criminals. But people freak out when cops commit crimes b/c they represent the country, the law. They have higher standards. As they should. Just like soldiers. They are federal employees. Who swore to uphold the constitution and laws of the country. So tell me, who should be more punished. A man who represents a country and swore to uphold the law. Or a common thug?