Originally Posted by domtoni
Orders are one thing, the application of those orders a second issue and those judging in a war crimes tribunal may be the questionable characters.
Yep - which is why not being able to guarantee immunity from prosecution was a major factor in the decision.
Again, war crimes are war crimes, and justice should be served in those cases (though not necessarily where the crimes were committed since the guarantee of a fair trial and sentencing is nearly impossible). But also, the petty crimes which may have stiffer punishments as well as the lack of guarantee of fair investigations, trials and sentencing. All taken into one lump sum, it is a no brainer to pull troops out and avoid the problem altogether from all angles - no troops, no incidents.