Surfacing of a video showing US Marines urinating on Taliban corpses http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/12/marines-urinating-taliban-video_n_1202139.html
has US Government and its various officers, politicians, etc., rushing to the media to denounce and disown the dastardly deed. At the same time when you surf the web you read comments from both sides of the spectrum.
While on the surface of it, the act is devoid of human decency and the condemnations seem genuine, reality is very different. If you had to make a choice between the Marines urinating on the enemy corpses and US Soldiers’s treatment of “living” Iraqi prisoners at Abu Gharib, what would you choose?
Again if you had to make a choice between the Marines urinating on the enemy corpses and US throwing Napalm bombs on Vietnam and Cambodia, what would you choose?
Or, if you had to make a choice between the Marines urinating on the enemy corpses and US decimating half a million Japanese in Hiroshima and Nagasaki what would you choose?
And the list goes on and on. So simple truth is that the response of the US Government, politicians and the public as selective and hypocritical.
While as a civilized society we may feel uneasy or outraged by this video, fact is that those who fight the war for us are facing and witnessing death and cruelty every day. They are killing and getting killed. It is foolhardy and delusional to expect totally civil behavior in such an environment.
While urinating on the corpses is bad, let us not forget that these followers of Islam have no compunction in slitting throats of captives, be they men or women (air hostesses of 9/11 flights), or blowing off planes and bombing crowded markets. And how about Bangladeshi soldiers gouging out the eyes of Bharat (India)’s soldiers and mutilating their bodies? How about Pakistan’s soldiers beheading Bharatiya soldiers and sending back their headless torso?
While US Marines’ behavior is an exception, that of Muslim soldiers and terrorists is not; they are uniformly cruel and barbaric. History of Islam bears testimony to that.
One can argue that yes, true but we do not have to be like them. The fact is, on a scale of 1 to 10000, US Marines’ act, as much as it jars our senses, is mere 1 and that of barbaric Islamists 10,000.
US General George S. Patton said:
We’re not going to just shoot the sons-of-bi¬tches, we’re going to rip out their living Goddamned guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks.
There, you have it!