Pardon Our Marines NOW
There is national and international outrage over four American Marines who were videotaped urinating on the corpses of dead Afghans. The Afghans were said to have been Taliban fighters warring against the US. The urination is a violation of international war protocols.
Nikitas3 says: Leave the Marines alone! They have suffered enough in this conflict. They are the best that America has. Give them immediate pardons even before any punitive actions are started and then warn that this will not be tolerated a second time. And close the case.
This is yet another effort by the political left and by radical Islam to turn the attentions of Americans away from the real horrors – of Muslim and Taliban extremists who for decades have been ignoring any sense of human decency, who have been mutilating their dead enemies, who have been maiming and killing innocent children and women, who have been blowing themselves up in public places in acts of terror designed to harm the maximum number of noncombatants, and who have been shooting from cemeteries and mosques, all in violation of Geneva Conventions protocols.
Then one small group of US Marines is shown urinating on these dead skunks and the world is outraged.
This outrage itself is the outrage… It is being whipped up by a left-wing anti-American, pro-radical-Islam world media seeking to smear the US and its military. Again.
And the people who will cheer-lead the prosecution of these Marines and who already have convicted them in a trial-by-media are the same ones who are doing everything in the book to get soft treatment and Constitutional protections for Geneva-defying terrorists in American courts and prisons.
Hamid Karzai, the corrupt leader of the non-nation called Afghanistan where our Marines are fighting to keep that non-nation from toppling into the abyss of genocide and oppression at the hands of the Taliban, has called the Marines’ actions “completely inhumane and condemnable in the strongest possible terms.” Karzai is calling on the US military to “apply the most severe punishment to anyone found guilty in this crime.”
This is like Al Capone calling for the arrest of schoolkids gambling for pennies.
We should pull our troops out of Afghanistan and let Karzai deal with the Taliban on his own. They will eat him up within a week if the US leaves. He should keep his big mouth shut as long as we are keeping him alive and in power.
Our spineless defense secretary Leon Panetta, who himself served a whole two years in the Army, called the Marines’ actions “utterly deplorable” and immediately telephoned Karzai pledging a full investigation so that Afghanistan can get past the incident and return to normal – war, genocide, poverty, malnutrition and thievery.
Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who has done zero of substance in her tenure except react to events after the fact with canned platitudes, expressed “total dismay” at the events.
Who could forget Abu Ghraib, the allegedly Geneva-defying treatment of terrorist prisoners in Iraq by US soldiers, which was even called ‘torture’ by our Media Left. And what was the unacceptable conduct of our soldiers?
They put dog collars on the prisoners and put ladies’ panties on the prisoners’ heads. You know, like a joke to humiliate them. The prisoners were never harmed physically in any way.
Meanwhile those same terrorists chop off Americans’ heads on videotape (Nick Berg, Daniel Pearl), drag our dead soldiers’ bodies through the streets (Somalia) and hang the murdered and mutilated bodies of American contractors from bridges (Iraq).
And now in the urination case, there will be a months-long uproar with every Muslim group in America and every Media Left outfit calling for action against our soldiers and Obama standing by conveniently detached when he should be issuing an immediate pardon of these Marines ahead of any prosecution.
But don’t hold your breath waiting for that pardon. It is never going to happen.
Indeed our military once found itself under assault from our enemies abroad. Now the assaults come from within.
General James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, said he had asked the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to “pull together a team of their very best agents and immediately assign them responsibility to thoroughly investigate every aspect of the filmed event…. The institution of the Marine Corps will not rest until the allegations and the events surrounding them have been resolved. We remain fully committed to upholding the Geneva Convention, the Laws of War, and our own core values.”
This it to toss our heroes to the wolves and to make Amos look like the politically-correct hack that he is so that he can continue on his trajectory to a comfortable retirement with all of its perks and privileges.
This is an utter abomination.
Remember Haditha? Here is wikipedia.org describing that incident:
‘The Haditha killings (also called the Haditha incident or the Haditha massacre) refers to the incident in which 24 Iraqi men, women and children were killed by a group of United States Marines on November 19, 2005 in Haditha, a city in the western Iraqi province of Al Anbar. At least 19 of those killed were civilians. It has been alleged that the killings were retribution for the attack on a convoy of Marines with an improvised explosive device that killed Lance Corporal Miguel Terrazas.
An initial Marine Corps communique reported that 15 civilians were killed by the bomb’s blast and eight insurgents were subsequently killed when the Marines returned fire against those attacking the convoy. However, other evidence uncovered by the media contradicted the Marines’ account. A Time magazine reporter’s questions prompted the United States military to open an investigation into the incident. The investigation claimed it found evidence that “supports accusations that U.S. Marines deliberately shot civilians, including unarmed men, women and children”, according to an anonymous Pentagon official. On December 21, 2006, eight Marines from 3rd Batallion, 1st Marines were charged in connection with the incident. As of June 2008, charges against seven of the eight Marines had been dropped.’
And the last Marine is on his way to being exonerated.
So notice where the original prompt for prosecution came from… Time magazine and ‘an anonymous Pentagon official’.
Of course. Who needs an eyewitness when you can inflate the story with anonymous sources as our media do every day, and blow the whistle from offices in New York City.
And who took up the charge against the Haditha defendants more vocally than any other American?
The late Democrat US congressman John Murtha of Pennsylvania, widely known as one of the most corrupt people ever to serve in the House of Representatives. His corruption goes back to the Abscam scandal of 1980. Murtha said about Haditha even before any of the facts were out that “There was no firefight, there was no IED (improvised explosive device) that killed these innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood.”
So a corrupt president of Afghanistan and a corrupt congressman and a corrupt media and a corrupt Democrat political and legal establishment are ganging up on our military time and time and time again.
Indeed corrupt birds of a feather undermine our military together.
It is time to pull our troops out of Afghanistan, to pardon our Marines, to leave the mess in the Middle East behind and to start to rebuild America from the ground up with honor, decency and respect for our soldiers and for our Constitution.