As a lover of our military veterans, the recent video of a group of Marines urinating on some Taliban corpses is morally upsetting. As the United States, we would like the claim a moral high-ground. This ground is shaken when incidents like this occur.
Our military needs stiffer penalties for this kind of crap. Abu Ghraib and other fiascos have set a rather shallow precedent for penalties facing these marines. We are being watched by our enemies and friends alike, and what we’ve set is a horrible double standard.
By not punishing our troops, we indicate that those who do harm to our troops will die, but if you hurt an Afghan, Taliban or not, you’ll get a slap on the wrist. We’ll never be able to satisfy the die-hards in the Islamic world, but if we are going to meaningfully fight this war than we need more equalized treatment.
These soldiers have just given the enemy the last thing America needs: a new propaganda tool for jihadists throughout the world.