Today’s blog will hit home for many people. Some will agree with me, others will totally despise my position. What currently frost my marbles is what I am going to rant about…
A family member recently encountered resistance, and was soon un-friended from Facebook, for defending her position on the current issue in society regarding the recent allegation of four Marines urinating on a deceased member of the Taliban. The video footage depicting the alleged acts became viral over the internet early Thursday, January 12, 2012.
Here are the facts as I understand them; a video was posted on the internet and I was not present at the taping of the video. I am intelligent enough to realize video is a subjective media. As a subjective media, anything can be staged to look like what the videographer wants the audience to believe—Steven Spielberg is a master video graphic illusionist and Stephen King is a master when it comes to shock factor. As far as believability is concerned, to this very day movies are being made speculating as to what happened—if anything—when man was said to have walked on the Moon. The videos I have viewed surrounding this alleged “atrocity”, are out of focus and fuzzy. I know if I was a member of the opposition (the Taliban) and I wanted to cause dissention in the American forces, what a better way to do it than through the very media they idolized and believe as if it were the word of God. I am just saying I was not there and one of a thousand possible scenarios could be the Taliban dressed in Marine fatigues making a video. But then again I must keep in mind, it is not as if the Taliban has ever (or is currently) committed deplorable acts of atrocity against humanity. No, the Taliban has seen the light and atonement for their (past and present) transgressions has become the new battle cry for the Taliban.
What is despicable is if Hollywood made a movie depicting this same incident, most people (at least most of those who jump on the bandwagon to condemn the Marines) would be laughing their asses off. If you disagree, think of the way the Marines and the Vietnamese are depicted in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, specifically one Vietnamese street hooker in Da Nang. Hey, I laughed too, but if my sister or my mother were forced to “service” military men during wartime, I think I would feel differently about that scene.
If I sound cynical, it is because I have studied the Taliban and I know what they are capable of and I am familiar with the actions and behavior of their militia. That aside, if four Marines did what they are accused of doing (um, they are accused until they are tried by a jury of their peers—a civil right under our Constitution of America. They are not found guilty by consensus of societal opinion, that kinda went out with Hitler’s regime), then, and only then, the U.S. Military needs to consider the effects of war on its active members.
Chimps and chumps everywhere are coming out of the woodwork bashing the military, specifically the Marines. I would love to see one of these courageous naysayers sit next to a Marine in the local bar and spout off, then again that would take something the commoner doesn’t have—in plain words, balls! Negative people who have opinions and have never spent a single day fighting for the freedom of Americans feel they are the foremost authority on the moral integrity of our countries armed forces—I say those who speak about what they do not have first-hand experience with are nothing more than an infestation in a decaying society.
I have friends and family who have served, and currently serve, in the military. These members of my family, and my friends, you may never meet. However, they do not give a second thought to sacrificing for you. The sacrifices they make make it possible for you to have the freedom to say, “Marines suck, because they are killing machines and that’s all they know!” We should all count our blessings that they know how to be killing machines or we would all be lying on the side of the road in front of our homes and Taliban insurgents would be pissing on our corpses. Does that infer that I condone despicable behavior, let me explain…
War is a part of life. For those who really know their scripture they would know that God ordained war in the Old Testament. God not only gave His seal of approval, God interceded in war (Numbers 10:9). Every species preys on other species, it is known as survival. A lion defends her cubs when they are in danger, then she goes about her business. The Taliban sends the Twin Towers plummeting to the ground burring within its rubble men, women and children. America defends herself. Do we have any business being involved in a religious war that has been going on for hundreds of years in the Middle East, absolutely not! However, we are there. It is not Corporal what’s his name or Private what’s her name’s fault—they are simply doing what they feel convicted to do, defend America’s freedom, defend American’s civil rights.
Through my previous employment at Veteran’s Administration, I was exposed to many servicemen and servicewomen who sacrificed for you and I. They will deal with the aftermath of the war while we gather the family and head down to our favorite restaurant or pile into the car and take the kids to the Amusement Park. While I am typing this, somewhere a member of the armed forces is currently getting pain meds for the limb that was lost from the errant IAD (Integrated Air Defense – low altitude air defense missile), that dropped and in a split-second, without a moment’s hesitation, a soldier saved his or her platoon by throwing their body in harm’s way. Furthermore, I was not fortunate enough to make it through life never having witnessed people being killed—that’s another story. To observe death—daily—as soldiers do, and to hold someone you care about—a brother or sister in arms—and have to bear the pain of their death, it is pure hell and it messes with a person’s mind. When you have gone through that, and you have dealt with the aftermath of hell’s kitchen, and you don’t know how you will function in society when you are thrust back into an unfamiliar world and told, “You are no longer in the military. You will unlearn all we have taught you as it applies to survival, because the World we are sending you back to doesn’t operate the way its militia operates.” I ask, what is a soldier to do? That is why there are such high numbers of soldiers experiencing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
When Afghan President Hamid Karzia said, ““utterly deplorable, and that it does not reflect the standards or values American troops are sworn to uphold,” Karzai further stated that what he saw in the video was “simply inhumane.” He further went on to say, “The government of Afghanistan is deeply disturbed by a video that shows American soldiers desecrating dead bodies of three Afghans.” In addition, in another statement Karzia said, “We expressly ask the U.S. government to urgently investigate the video and apply the most severe punishment to anyone found guilty in this crime (NyDailyNews.com).”
Personally, I wonder why the President of Afghanistan, an alleged adversary of the Taliban who has been as war with the Taliban for decades, is so “disturbed.” Karzia said, “[the] deeply disturbing video,” will not hinder peace talks with the United States. It sounds to me like Afghan President Hamid Karzia either knows a little more than he is admitting, or he is capitalizing on a situation to increase his odds with the peace talks.
My blog… my opinion!