Of course the actions of these four boys would enrage the sensibilities of some.
How dare you! The commander in chief sent these boys. He put them in harm’s way. And now you condemn them because they screwed up. You are caught in the vicious circle of political correctness, image, and rules of engagement. Do you know how ludicrous that sounds in battle? You just don’t turn off the violence. It consumes and distorts one’s perception of humanity.
Those of you who are offended, what do you think happened minutes prior to the incident? Enemy combatants were likewise trying to kill those kids. The result would’ve been broken families that would never heal. That’s the reality of war, and the soldier lives with that. What you want is a perfect and sanitized war. There is no perfection in violence.
The juxtaposition of war is perplexing. It’s OK to gas enemy combatants at the Somme, obliterate the cities of Dresden and Hiroshima, and blow the heads off of Taliban soldiers. But it’s barbaric when our boys urinate on the remains of the enemy.
General James F. Amos, Marine Commandant, claims this does not align with the warrior ethos of the corps. I agree. But he’s shocked and dismayed by these Marines. Sir, with all due respect, weren’t you in Vietnam? Did you have your head in the sand?
War brings out the best and the worst in humanity. But the worst is not urinating on enemy combatants. The worst is blowing up innocent women and children, beheading and gutting captured American soldiers, dragging the bodies of our pilots through the streets of Mogadishu. I could go on.
Where’s the comparable outrage directed toward the enemy? We’ve taken our hypersensitivity to the battlefield where-by we evaluate all egregious offenses as the same.