OK, I get the p.r. hit to the U.S. with the symbolism of American Marines urinating on dead Afghan fighters. But please explain this: why is it perfectly OK for the military to blow living people to pieces with drone bombers but it’s a court martial offense to piss on a dead person’s corpse? To me, all of this outrage is artificial and self-serving because our only fear is of terrorist retribution because we “pissed” them off..
And before we heap all the blame on those four Marines, let’s examine the situation realistically to see where the blame should lie. Yeah, those four guys didn’t show common sense–especially in allowing themselves to be recorded on video. But who recruited these guys into the Marines in the first place? They had to make it through basic training and testing before they could be anointed Marines and deployed to Afghanistan. There was no indication to their commanding officers that these young men–perhaps kids barely out of their teens–lacked sufficient judgment to be left on their own in a combat zone? For all the outward bravado displayed by U.S. Marines, they are probably more in fear of dying in combat than their Muslim enemies. Sacrificial death seems to be more ingrained in the Islamic faith than in the Christian one, despite its genesis in a sacrificial death. The act of urinating on the bodies of your enemy is a way for young fear-filled minds to confirm that they are ones still alive.
And lastly, do the Marines or any branch of the military offer mandated educational classes for all recruits that instruct them in the sensibilities and the sensitivities of the Muslim mind? As always, the military will scapegoat these four by court martialing them and ruining their lives all for the sale of one thoughtless act which certainly didn’t hurt or affect the bodies that were pissed on. It’s just another instance of military brass face saving by buck passing. Until they act pre-emptively to head off these thoughtless actions, they will be repeated. After all, kids will be kids.