Monday, January 16, 2012

Pissing on Corpses versus Acceptable Wartime Behavior

The video of U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of those who have been maiming and killing them for the past ten years following the al Qaeda / Taliban / Iranian attacks of September 11 continues to make the news.

Outrage over this incident has reached feverish pitches in the media and top levels of government. (I’m assuming it will become even worse if it is learned that those depicted in the video did not piss in a direction away from Mecca.) Yet the most disturbing part of this video is that all the outrage over it could have easily been avoided if the men had (instead of urinating on their enemies) sodomized them while they were alive and then killed them. Then, they would have been hailed as heroes and their mission declared an overwhelming success. Their mission would have been declared even more of a success if they could have found the village of the men they killed and installed al Qaeda leadership in the village.

Nevertheless, with this incident serving as an example of how people should not act, I will now list examples of acceptable behavior—examples that aren’t pissing on corpses or graves—so we all can know how we should act with regards to American Troops being at war.

It is not pissing on anyone’s corpse or grave to be the president of Afghanistan and openly say that your country would side with Pakistan in a war against America. We most assuredly know this is true since an American general who criticized this statement and defended his Troops was subsequently punished for doing so.

We also know that it is not pissing on anyone’s corpse or grave to be the president of Afghanistan—someone the U.S. installed and keeps alive with our blood and presence—and demand an end to U.S. night raids, accusing them of being inhumane. Furthermore, it is not pissing on anyone’s corpse or grave to say that the U.S. abuses Afghani prisoners and then demand that the U.S. turns over the prisoners and prison to the Afghanis.


It is not pissing on anyone’s corpse or grave to be a U.S. servicemember and denigrate U.S. Troops as monsters committing war crimes, giving aid and comfort to the enemy during war time. No. In fact, that gets you elected to the U.S. Senate. Furthermore, it is not pissing on anyone’s corpse or grave to denigrate U.S. Troops by saying that they are terrorizing civilians. That nearly gets you elected to the White House.


It is not pissing on anyone’s corpse or grave to be U.S. government representatives who work with a known American anti-American group that works to aid the enemy and kill American Troops. No one cares that you do this and they will in fact continue voting you into office.


It is not pissing on anyone’s corpse or grave to be a Democrat, 20% of whom wanted the U.S. to lose the war in Iraq when President Bush was in office.

It is not pissing on anyone’s corpse or grave to be President of the United States and release terrorists from imprisonment so they can return to the battlefield and maim and kill American Troops again.

It is not pissing on anyone’s corpse or grave for the government (and by extension, the American People) to care more about the lives of our enemies that its own Troops.

It is not pissing on anyone’s corpse or grave to write a column called, “Fuck the Troops.” Doing so is fine and is nothing to prevent CNN from gushing over how you fooled Scott Walker into thinking you were one of the Koch brothers.

It is not pissing on anyone’s corpse or grave to be part of #OccupyWallStreet and desecrate war memorials. Nor is it pissing on anyone’s corpse or grave to be part of the #Occupy insurgency and burn the American flag.

It is not pissing on anyone’s corpse or grave when it is Afghanis treating Taliban corpses with apparent disrespect; then it is “just their culture.”

It is not pissing on anyone’s corpse or grave when you support the person accused of betraying state secrets to enemy agents because you believe that he is guilty of doing so (as opposed to believing that he didn’t do it). It’s even acceptable for presidential candidates to support this.


This last paragraph is particularly good news, because now we can all justly expect whoever is the President of the United States to grant full pardons to these Marines (who inevitably will be punished and possibly imprisoned) and all the other Servicemen who currently are rotting in jail for so-called war crimes. After all, if we can pardon and free domestic and foreign terrorists, then surely we can pardon and free those who are imprisoned for killing our enemies . . . on second thought, maybe not.

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