Really, US Armed Forces?

Video Said to Show Marines Urinating on Taliban Corpses

By , NYT
KABUL, Afghanistan — A video apparently showing four Marines urinating on three dead Taliban fighters drew condemnation from American officials, NATO authorities in Afghanistan and the Afghan government on Thursday.
“A video recently posted on a public Web site appears to show U.S. military personnel committing an inappropriate act with enemy corpses,” NATO said in a statement. “This disrespectful act is inexplicable and not in keeping with the high moral standards we expect of coalition forces.”

It’s amazing that the US Armed Forces calls these acts inappropriate when they implicitly allow and even promote behavior that violates the dignity and human rights of those they are supposedly protecting. Call it like it is: it’s a farce. The US Armed Forces are not in Afghanistan to protect the people. This is realpolitik, and they’re there to protect their own/American interests. But they are deeply misled to think that allowing such atrocities will help them in the long run (or even the short run). Afghans are fed up, and will not allow a government propped up by soldiers who violate their basic rights to last for long.


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