The Marines were wrong, but its been blown out of proportion.

Recently, a video has emerged showing U.S. Marines urinating on Taliban fighters. Obviously, the American public is outraged by this apparent loss of shared humanity. I believe that they were definitely wrong to do what they did, but this has been blown way out of proportion. This is war and the Taliban has done much worse things to American troops. Reports have shown American troops dead bodies being dragged through Mogadishu. Blackwater security contractors have been killed, their bodies publicly burned and hung from a bridge in Fallujah. There were 2 soldiers from the 101st Airborn Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq. Where was the political outrage when those injustices were happening?

I’m not saying that the Marines don’t deserve to be punished. Yes, American troops should be held to a higher standard, but they should not be condemned for life for a momentary lapse in judgment. The sad truth of it is that in order to point a gun at another person you have to hate them. You have to want them dead with every bit of yourself. We cannot expect the troops to just turn off that hate the moment the target is dead. None of us have the right to judge them. We get to lay in our warm comfortable beds every night with no fear that we won’t wake up the next morning. I can’t even imagine what must be going on in the minds of the men and women who live through the horrors of war to protect our country. Until I live in constant fear of having my head blown off, never being completely safe for a moment, day after day fighting people who are trying just as hard to kill me as I am to kill them, I will pass no judgment.

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  • shaune1992  On January 17, 2012 at 12:20 am

    I completely agree with your view on how this has been blown out of proportion. I also think that outraged Americans are just not informed as well on the Taliban’s travesties as much as the American’s transgressions. From personal experience I do know that men and women of America’s military are trained to feel no sorrow for the enemy, because of the fact that when we go to war it’s to show them that America is not to be messed with and that we’d make a better ally than enemy.

  • kessledi  On January 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    The issue here is that we are trying to go into Afghanistan with a moral right to do what we’re doing. When instances such as this come up, we lose the moral high ground in the argument for what we’re doing. While I do agree that this has somewhat been blown out of proportion, when we are going into another country to fight against extremists a moral high ground, or at least the image of one, is paramount to retaining legitimacy in our actions.

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