“I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah.
“All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?
“The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.
“As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”My friend's post was met by a rousing chorus of "likes" and comments to the effect of "piss on them all" and "the only thing they did wrong was get caught."
In the 2003 Battlestar Galactica miniseries, Commander Adama asked in his speech at the decommissioning of Galactica, "You know, when we fought the Cylons, we did it to save ourselves from extinction. But we never answered the question, why? Why are we a people worth saving?"
That question resounds loudly in this situation.
Lieutenant Colonel West has instructed those of us who are not being shot at to "shut your mouth." If we are "the good guys," why does West's command sound so much like the Taliban - "the bad guys" we are fighting?
And of course there was no "self-righteous indignation" or "media outrage" when the 'bad guys' desecrated the bodies of American soldiers. That type of behavior is exactly why the Taliban has been deemed "a people not worth saving."
So if America decides to lower herself and treat others in the same barbaric and backward way as the people we are seeking to destroy (limiting the speech of dissenters or desecrating the bodies of enemy soldiers), it begs that question: Why are we a people worth saving?
I think America is worth defending and saving because we choose to stand for human dignity, even when that human disagrees with us or is our mortal enemy. As we fight the enemy, let us not become them - a people not worth saving.