Gee, why do these Afghans, Iraqis, etc. dislike us so much? Could it be our endless occupation of their countries? How about our rendition and torture of mostly innocent people who apparently have no right to ever be seen again? Or our covert wars and targeted assassination programs? Or how about the fact that we have likely killed over 100,000 civilians since the beginning of the Afghan and Iraq Wars? OR perhaps it’s our jaw-dropping hypocrisy when pointing the finger at “hostile” nations like Iran while we blow up their military bases and kill nuclear scientists?
Nah, they just hate us for our freedom and because they want to spread a global Islamic Caliphate and wipe Israel off the map!! Well, at least according to the NYT, WaPo, Fox News and our fearless leaders, ie. Foreign Policy for Dummies.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai and US defence secretary Leon Panetta have led a chorus of condemnation of American soldiers filmed urinating on the bodies of dead Afghans as “inhumane” and “utterly deplorable”.
The Pentagon said it is attempting to identify the soldiers responsible for the latest in a series of abuses by US forces which is likely to further inflame hostility to Nato troops in Afghanistan and reinforce the perception that there is an institutional problem in the American military.
Panetta said he had viewed the graphic video of four US marines urinating on three bloodied corpses. As they are filmed by a fifth soldier, the marines sigh with relief, laugh and make comments including “have a great day, buddy” and “golden, like a shower”.
“I have seen the footage, and I find the behaviour depicted in it utterly deplorable,” said Panetta. “Those found to have engaged in such conduct will be held accountable to the fullest extent.”
The soldiers in the undated video, which was posted anonymously on the web, appear to be members of Scout Sniper Team 4, a US marine unit based in North Carolina that served in Afghanistan as recently as last year…
No, the problem is that the apple is rotten to the core- this sort of mentality is created by perpetual war with troops spread waaaaaay too thin and the dehumanization of the people we are killing and whose land we occupy. Thus, we are ALL responsible for this.