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You Have a Duty When You Wear That Uniform
I was listening to the news last night, and a video was shown of four Marines urinating on dead Afghans. I can not tell you the level of disgust I felt when watching this video. It is unconscionable to me how these soldiers could even think to do such a thing while representing the United States of America. The United States is trying to uphold a reputation of being a country with values and morals. This video does so much damage to the reputation of our country. It is bad enough that these Marines carried out such a despicable act, but to then videotape it, to keep it as a souvenir to be shown throughout the worldwide web. There is no excuse for these Marines in uniform to exhibit this kind of behavior. When they wear that uniform they are representing each and every one of us in this country. When these soldiers are wearing that uniform, they have a duty to represent our country with honor and dignity.
Did these soldiers realize the backlash that could result from such a disgraceful act being viewed by others from all over the world? The people that hated us before this act was done, will hate us even more now. If those were dead American soldiers that were shown being urinated on by the Afghans, we would be screaming for the capture and punishment of the men responsible for this act. We should be just as upset and calling for the punishment of these Marines. I don't think it is ever right to desecrate the body of anyone, regardless of the circumstances. The dead should be treated with respect and dignity.
I am sure that the rigors of war can weigh heavy on our soldiers, but they cannot forget that the American people depend on them to wear that uniform proudly and display the behavior we expect of them. I hope that this incident is fully investigated, and the soldiers responsible are held accountable for this incident. These soldiers need to realize that the war they are fighting is not a game. Their fellow soldiers are now put in more danger because of these irresponsible and disrespectful acts.The world is watching this video and we will all be judged by the acts of these four Marines.