Wednesday, January 18, 2012

'War is Hell' via James Delingpole

I couldn't understand the reaction of the media to the US soldiers who urinated on the bodies of the enemy. I don't know that I would have done it but I wasn't there and don't know the circumstances. James Delingpole has a post on the incident and quotes a US congressman, Alan West. I just wish our politicians had the intellectual honesty of this man. Post reproduced in full below. The original is here.


The longer the sordid battle for the GOP nomination goes on, the sorrier I am that Congressman Allen West isn't on the candidates list. His nuanced, informed, honest, morally courageous response to the story of the US marines caught on camera urinating on the bodies of Taliban fighters is another reason why.
“I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. 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.
“All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?
“The Marines were wrong. 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.
“As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”

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