Kill them, but don’t piss on them

Sebastian Junger in the Washington Post, via Reader Supported News:

The video that emerged in recent days appearing to show four U.S. Marines urinating on several dead Taliban fighters has outraged many people in this country. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have condemned the act, the military has promised an inquiry, and some experts are even suggesting that the act could qualify as a war crime…

It would take a Jonathan Swift to fully convey the contempt we should feel for obscene hypocrites such as Clinton and Panetta, but Junger comes damn close without even seeming to try:

…As a society, we may be disgusted by seeing U.S. Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters, but we remain oddly unfazed by the fact that, presumably, those same Marines just put bullets through the fighters’ chests. American troops are not blind to this irony. They are very clear about the fact that society trains them to kill, orders them to kill and then balks at anything that suggests they have dehumanized the enemy they have killed…

I wonder if those outraged by the photo know the extent of the atrocities committed by Japanese and American forces on Iwo Jima and other island battles in World War II. Or that Russian soldiers raped more than two million German women at the end of that war, to avenge atrocities committed by Germans. Or that well over 100,000 noncombatants were killed during the Iraq war.

Maybe not. Such realities aren’t dramatized in TV mini-series about war, and are rarely reported by the mainstream news media.

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2 Responses to Kill them, but don’t piss on them

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  2. Ten Bears says:

    During the so-called “Indian Wars”, the “Indian” solution Hitler was so enamoured of he wrote a book about it, the white dogs made tobacco pouches of First American women’s breasts, and hat covers from the linings of their wombs. In originality, scalping was not a Native thing.

    I did things in ‘Nam I’m not proud of, things I am only today coming to grips with – if ever. I did things in ‘Nam that I was told to do and was subsequently court-marshaled and dishonorably discharged for. But those fuckers were fighters. Warriors. I would have no more pissed on them than they would have pissed on me.

    As for that media squaw Dana Loesch, who would “drop trou and do it herself”, I’d piss on her but she’d probably enjoy it, want more.


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