I’ve been reluctant to comment on the highly volatile story of the handful of Marines who videotaped themselves urinating on dead Taliban terrorists, partly due to its shocking distaste and vulgarity, but also due to its politically-demonizing implications that I find quite irritating.
While the Marines’ actions are undoubtedly disgraceful, the liberal media exploits the unfortunate incident as a reflection on all of our armed forces. Allen West’s following comments may seem incentive, but he has a point, as he writes in an email to The Weekly Standard:
I’ve sat back and observed 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….
As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.
While the Marine’s behavior is in no way excusable, West is correct when he asserts that the Taliban fighters are not any better – in fact, they are much, much worse.