GUEST POST by SOLOW
ALa asked for it, so I'll give it. My opinion, that is.
Apparently, this story surfaced on Wednesday and was being reported on by every major news outlet that could be found by early Thursday morning.
I'm disgusted by it, quite literally. No, I'm not like a great many people who are shocked at what the Marines in question may or may not have done - I'm disgusted by the so-called Americans who say that THEY are disgusted/disgraced/embarrassed/whatever by what the Marines appear to have done. The first thing that went through my mind was whether or not they remember the stories of our soldiers (and civilians) being beheaded and subsequently mutilated after their death(s).
I attended the funeral of Thomas Tucker, an Army soldier from Madras, one of 2 that were mutilated & then booby-trapped before they were found. Here's a quote from his Wikipedia page, "The director of the Iraqi defense military’s operation room Major General Abdul Aziz Mohammed told Reuters that the men were tortured and killed "in a barbaric way". The Mujahedeen Shura Council, a group linked to al Qaeda, said in their statement: "We announce the good news to our Islamic nation that God's will was executed and the two crusader animals we had in captivity were slaughtered"."
And now the Muslim civil rights groups are saying that the "guilty (peeing) parties must be punished to the fullest extent of the law"???????? WTF kind of sense does that make? Why didn't they want those who performed the beheadings punished to the fullest extent? Have we forgotten how many people died on 9/11/01? Or how many other casualties have come from these Taliban or al Qaeda lunatics? We must have forgotten, or else we wouldn't be talking about how horrific it is for a Marine to piss on one of their dead.
In closing, I just got done reading a GREAT book called Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. I won't go into the details of the book (although I'd highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't read it) but there are several times that he references our ROE as being partly guilty of getting troops killed. That people are afraid to get prosecuted for what they do in a combat zone, therefore they hesitate at some of the worst possible moments. If you ask me, this is a pretty good example of hanging somebody up by a yardarm for what amounts to be a practical joke in the mind of a combat Marine.
In this Jarhead's opinion, the only thing they did wrong was post the video on YouTube.