Marines had to Pee: Accidents Happen
Over the past few days, there has been a huge buzz about a video that came out on the internet, a video of four United States’ Marine Corp members urinating on dead bodies. Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you have surely heard of this incident. This incident has brought many mixed reactions from not only US citizens, but also from people all around the world. Before I say any more about this, I wanted to let you read what Allen West said about it. For those of you who do not know who Allen West is, he is a representative from Florida and a former Army lieutenant colonel.
“I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah. All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq? The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter. As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”
I use this quote because I don’t think anyone could put it more appropriately. I have never been to war, and I never want to be. Because I have never personally experienced war, I cannot pass any judgment on the Marines. I have no clue what they have been through fighting the Taliban. It is ridiculous for any of us who have never fought in a war to sit comfortably here in the United States and pass judgment on them. I will personally admit that I probably don’t have the courage they do to go over and fight. I wouldn’t want to. If you haven’t volunteered yourself to go over and fight, then you are ignorant to ridicule them.
Now, I am not trying to condone their actions. I am not saying that what they did was right. I’m not encouraging other soldiers to urinate or mutilate the dead bodies of Taliban members. It just bothers me that we see our soldiers being tortured or their dead bodies being grotesquely treated without much reaction. However, when our soldiers are the ones who commit the action, we treat them like garbage. I realize that Americans like to hold ourselves to higher standards, but sometimes things happen during war. This isn’t happening with every unit fighting in the Middle East. This was an isolated incident, but it’s bound to happen.
People from past wars like to claim that they never saw anything like this take place during Vietnam or WWII. I find that impossible to believe. As long as war has been going on so has foul play. Also, these Marines made a mistake. Can any of us honestly say we have led a perfect life? They are under a tremendous amount of stress. Whatever job you have is more than likely a joke in comparison to the life they are living. Was it stupid for them to do and film it? Yes, but Allen West is right. Let the military go through whatever punishment they need to. This isn’t some criminal offense. We need to sit back and shut up. The military will handle all of this appropriately without our input.