Marines Are Always Faithful So Why Aren’t We?

Posted: January 14, 2012 in Uncategorized
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In the last few days’ news has broken along with a videotape of four United States Marines urinating on some dead insurgents in Afghanistan. It is a little shocking to see just how quickly the American people are to throw our own to the wolves.

People tend to act as though this is the worst thing that has ever been done by our military. Going back as far as World War Two there is evidence of routine executions of prisoners as well as torture and mutilation of dead bodies. There are even reports of American servicemen prying teeth from dead Japanese soldiers in order to harvest their gold and silver cavity fillings.

In Vietnam there was a highly decorated Special Forces unit known simply as Tiger Force. Their job was to take the fight to the heart of the enemy and instill fear within them. They did this by scalping and removing dead enemies ears and wearing them like jewelry,

None of this is excusable behavior in polite society but ladies and gentlemen, where we are sending our Marines is not civilized. Never in the history of the United States have we sent our troop to a civilized place to wage war.

Although the methods and weapons of war have changed in the last century the one thing that hasn’t changed is the mental and spiritual toll that is exacted from each man who picks up a weapon for his country. Wars are just as gruesome today as they were in the fields of Europe in the 1940’s. In fact it is more so stressful today due to the lack of uniformed soldiers to fight. These cowards dress in civilian clothes and shoot at Marines and then go and hide amongst the populace using them as a shield.

This alone will build up hate in the heart of Marines and cause them to do things not necessarily in their character. It is disheartening to see how quickly some Americans have turned on the men that provide them safety. Was it wrong? Yes it was but it is hardly the major issue it is being made out to be. After all these same terrorists desecrate their own dead, not to mention ours.

Lets turn back the clock about twenty years. The year is 1993 and Operation Restore Hope has just gone badly in the Bakara Market

district of Somalia’s capitol city of Mogadishu. Among the dead are two Delta Force snipers named Randy Shughart and Gary Gordon. These two men gave their lives protecting a downed pilot by dropping in heavily outnumbered and holding off the mob for quite some time. Their corpses were later dismembered and dragged through the streets in front of CNN cameras that captured it all.

Fast-forward about ten years to 2004. Four Blackwater security contractors were ambushed and then hung, burned and dismembered on camera. Also in the early days of the War on Terror there were numerous accounts of American civilians being kidnapped and executed via beheadings on film. The most famous of which is Daniel Pearl.
This list could go on and on but in the interest of time we will just leave it at these examples.

Congressman Allen West commented on this topic recently and he also touched on these instances. He too asks where the concerns for these victims are? It is perplexing that American’s, most of whom have little knowledge of any of the events mentioned, look so judgmentally at those fighting in our place.

Congressman West left his statement with a very poignant quote. He said, “As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”

This is such a great quote because the man is right. War is hell and it is a terrible thing. What these men did is not excusable however nor is it overly punishable. The punishment suggested by Congressman West is more than adequate. Any more than that and it will become apparent these brave Marines are being sacrificed on the alter of political correctness.

The long and short of this issue is simple. These young Marines made a mistake. This mistake however doesn’t remove their honorable service to this country. These men should be dealt with and disciplined privately not publicly flogged by the nation that they fight and die to protect. No civilian is qualified to say what is right and wrong on the battlefield.

As far as I am concerned I stand by our Marines and I for one am glad to have them on our team. Poor judgment or not they still fight for me and this is what I fear we are losing sight of. It is odd that the Marine Corps motto would be so fitting but nonetheless to the Marines fighting and serving in the worst spots in the world, SEMPER FI Devil Dogs!

For more on this and other news stories please visit my website Lights Out Politics or Truth About Bills and The College Conservative.  You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

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