Thursday, January 12, 2012
Urinating on the Dead
Are you freakin' kidding me?
Can we get any more wimpy as a nation? This story is on the extreme side of nothing in a nothing-burger faux outrage.
UPDATE: Diomedes thinks they Marine (snipers, it turns out) should be punished. Each should have to do ten push-ups as penance.
UPDATE 2: Here is a good piece on the subject in the New York Post. Money quote:
Still, as wartime atrocities go, this is pretty mild stuff. My Lai, for sure, it ain’t.
And, again, the Taliban sure ain’t — excuse the metaphor — choirboys.
Maybe somebody should ask Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl about it.
Oh, wait: The Islamists beheaded him — on videotape.
Perspective, folks. Perspective.
Written by Mark Steyn XII, Emperor God of Libertopia, AD 2512
My complaint would be that the Marines were stupid enough to let someone take a photo. Sorry lack of judgment, that.
My punishment would be to say, don't do that in front of a camera again.
Yeah, and cool job of equating WWII with the war in Afghanistan, because there are so many parallels.
But, on topic: Bing West has a great post on NRO. The comments also are excellent.
Andrew, for examples, we took Cuba from Spain, and now we have a base there. We conquered 2/3 of Nazi Germany, now we have bases there. We must be pretty inept imperialists. What does it mater that we have a military base in a country? It's so far from imperialism that your use of the word is off putting. When the Philippines asked us to vacate our base there, we did. That must mean we're anti-imperialists.
Unfortunately for all y'all, I'm stepping up onto my soapbox now:
It is the U.S. Navy (with a bit of assistance from other countries) that keeps the sea lanes open so that trade and commerce can flourish and raise the quality of life for populations around the world.
Ask South Korea if they'd like the U.S. military to leave it to oppose all by itself the insanity of NoKo's threats of war.
Ask Japan if it would like the U.S. to leave it defenseless against China (Read The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang to understand some history of the Japanese v. Chinese.)
Europe (x-France) has socially and economically feasted domestically from the presence of U.S. military since WWII -- it contributes a huge amount to Europe's economy as well as protecting Europe from the predations of the USSR. Ask Germany if it REALLY wants Obama to withdraw troops.
Ask Berliners if they don't still remember and appreciate the Berlin airlift that saved a city from disaster (read The Candy Bombers by ?? for the history of the airlift.) Did East Germany opt to stay in the Russian ambit when it had a choice? No, it looked West to rejoin its more economically successful and militarily defensible other half.
You want to know what the world would be like without the global protection of the U.S. military? Read Bloodlands, by Tim Snyder, about the deliberate murder by starvation of millions of Ukrainians during the Stalin years.
Every country/territory where the U.S. has had a military presence has thereby enjoyed the opportunity to improve the condition of its inhabitants. That includes the Philippines and the islands of the South Pacific, Puerto Rico, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, ... everywhere. And, when asked to leave, we have done so. Nowhere have we imposed our continued presence once asked to leave. That is the antithesis of imperialist behavior.
You think that this brief period of relative peace can't disappear in a heartbeat? You think it's sci-fi or fantasy fiction to think that regression to tyrannical rule is possible? The current preeminence of individual liberty in the Western world is the anomaly, a brief respite in the history of human societies. The history of the "civilized" world is actually a history of tyranny. Sort of the ultimate irony.
Perhaps it's been blown out of proportion, but the people who did it should be punished according to military law. That's how a functioning democratic republic works.