I agree with Air Force Captain, ret. Rick Perry, "appropriately punished... the idea that this administration would go after these young people for a criminal act, I think it is over the top."
The Government needs to be very careful how they proceed with this process, they must be careful not to elevate the importance of our enemy. They must in no way state, but words or by actions, that our enemies, these brutal terrorists whose goal is to murder every last American, man, woman and child, is in any way more important than our brave soldiers who defend America against these vicious barbarians.
Let’s look first at these inhuman beasts, the Taliban. These are people who, as our own State Department puts it, “The regime systematically repressed all sectors of the population and denied even the most basic individual rights.” This article by the State Department itself details the Taliban’s ferocious attack on their own women “including rape, abduction, and forced marriage” http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/6185.htm Their hatred of women is overshadowed by one thing, their hatred of Americans. “Areas of Afghanistan under control of the Taliban are being used for sheltering and training of terrorists and planning terrorist acts” against the United States. Federal Register/Vol. 66, No. 89/Tuesday, May 8, 2001 Plain and simple, they hate Americans.
Our military is in Afghanistan to prevent the terrorists from coming to the United States and harming our people. They are our enemies and we are at war with them and they must be treated as our enemies.
The video that has been circulating allegedly shows four marines urinating on dead Taliban enemies that they had dispatched. I have seen the unedited, unblurred video and while it is evident that the men appear to take their genitalia out of their pants, the video is not crisp enough to see actual urine flow. The world is outraged, not by the fact that these wicked, evil enemies of the people of the United States were, deservedly, destroyed in a stream of gunfire but that they were defiled afterward by a stream of urine. In essence people are saying that they deserved to die, but not to be urinated on. Do you think for a second that had the tables been turned and the American soldier had been the ones killed and the Taliban were standing over their bodies that they would not have done the same? Of course they would have done the same and, as history has shown, much worse. We have seen the Taliban behead their enemies. Here a 12 year old boy is initiated into the act of beheading (WARNING, EXTREMELY GRAPHIC IMAGES AND VIDEO) http://www.endtimestoday.com/2009/08/13/12-year-old-taliban-boys-first-beheading-warning-extremely-graphic-images/
Army Lieutenant Colonel, ret. Allen West says “I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?”
The have some nerve complaining about a little urine, which in the Afghan head probably dried upon contact, that may or may not, have been put on dead terrorists! America is safer now that there are fewer terrorists bent on murdering us. I thank those marines for making me, my family and all of my countrymen safer.
The Bible tells us:
Do not be afraid as you go out to fight today! For the LORD your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!' If they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town. When the LORD your God hands it over to you, kill every man in the town. But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder. You may enjoy the spoils of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you. As for the towns of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as a special possession, destroy every living thing in them. You must completely destroy [them], just as the LORD your God has commanded you. This will keep the people of the land from teaching you their detestable customs in the worship of their gods, which would cause you to sin deeply against the LORD your God.
~ Deuteronomy 20
These courageous men went to a foreign land and fought against our enemies to bring about their complete destruction as God has instructed. They risk their lives to protect us from our enemies and they should be praised, not prosecuted. They are heroes and should be treated as such.
Our Government feels pressured, mostly by left thinking idiots horrified by urine, that these men need to be punished. How the Government punishes these marines is important. They need to punish them for disobeying directives, not about the actual act of urination. Why is this important? By punishing them for disobeying directives they avoid showing our revolting enemies and any positive light. The repugnant Taliban pond scum do not deserve any respect. If they are punished for the act of urinating on the terrorists, and calling it an act of body desecration, the will be in fact stating that these savages, bent on our destruction, are worthy of respect. We cannot place the value of our enemies above the value of our soldiers.
Army Lieutenant Colonel, ret. Allen West suggests, after relating horrific instances of true body desecration by terrorists, that the following punishment be given:
Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.”
I might add that they should not be apologizing for the act of urinating on our enemy, but rather that they apologize for the act of not following procedure, which to me is the more important issue.
As for those who appalled by pee, you should be more appalled by Obama’s desertion of Iraq and the increasing chance that the terrorists will once again gain a foothold there.
Allen West said it best in his now familiar statement:
“As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell."
Discipline them if you must for not following procedures, but certainly do not prosecute or heroic marines.
The marines are heroes, NOT criminals!
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