This is not OK

A video of four Marines urinating on three Taliban corpses circulated the Internet Wednesday.  The fact that American soldiers feel they can behave in such a barbaric and inhumane fashion is absolutely appalling! Those who died in battle- whether they are American or the “enemy”- should be honored and treated with dignity.

It is reasons like this that the 1949 Geneva Convention- and subsequent protocols since- have been instilled, and have become the cornerstone for contemporary humanitarian law.  The Geneva Convention was instilled to ensure that those in the middle of war, whether they are part of the armed service or a civilian, are treated with a certain level of dignity.  Those in the armed forces should recognize and uphold those principles as a simple matter of decency and common respect. However, it saddens me to say that this is not the only instance of the Geneva principles being violated.  Soldiers have been known to rape women and pillage villages, torture civilians and armed combatants and kill for “sport.”

Tactics of war such as these are not acceptable and those who commit such grave crimes should be held accountable.

After all, would you want to be treated as if you were subhuman? And would you want your corpse to be urinated on after you died fighting for what you believed in? I’m guessing you wouldn’t.  So why should it be OK to treat others that way?


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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