Washington condemns corpse desecration by Marines

U.S. Defense Secretary promises probe into the case


U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta strongly condemned what looks like an act of desecration of corpses by U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the Washington Post reports. Panetta telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai immediately after viewing a short video shows four men in Marine uniforms urinating on three corpses. Panetta called the act “utterly deplorable,” and promised an investigation. According to a caption in the video, the corpses belong to deceased Taliban fighters. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed “total dismay,” while Karzai called on the U.S. to apply “the most severe punshiment to anyone found guilty in this crime.” An anonymous Marine spokesperson said the troops are believed to be members of the thirds Battalion, second Marines, and added that a probe is underway. Both U.S. law and the Geneva convention forbid the desecration of bodies of those killed in war.

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Washington condemns corpse desecration by Marines

  1. But killing is OK.

  2. Totally>>”BUT KILLING IS OKAY”

  3. Idiots. Of course killing is ok. Kind of a war zone ain’t it?

  4. Upon reviewing the comments here, I can only presume that most have never been to Afghanistan. I would also go as far to say that most of the commentators here have never served in the Army and have never had to endure incoming rounds, RPGs, mortars, and wondered if the next dead goat on the road contained an IED. That is well and good, I guess, as it is part and parcel of being a soldier. However, the article is discussing an act that is more politically incorrect (and some may say barbarous) than inhumane. My experience in the Army and when in collaboration with the USMC, is that ISAF soldiers do not honour rape children (girls and boys) and wives. We did not behead village elders, husbands, wives, children for some offense real or perceived. Isaf did not force farmers to grow opium instead of food. And we did not entice children to srtap on a vest laden with explosives, walk up to a target and touch two wires together. I can assure you that watching an eleven year old explode can be a life altering experience.

    It is my opinion that most of the commentators here should consider what the “other side” does to it’s fellow Afghans (unless they are from some other “stan” country) and what they would do if they captured you, before condemning some (likely) undereducated Marine private and comment on a war you so obviously know little about except what you read about on the Internet.

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