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?