Save outrage over Marines

War is hell. Therefore, complaining about U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of the enemy is sanctimonious. What about the Marines who were killed or maimed by the Taliban? That is what our political leaders ought to be more outraged about.

The same enemy is planning to carry out operations to kill our soldiers and civilians. At the same time, our political and military leaders are wimping out by suggesting these Marines should be harshly punished for urinating on the corpses of enemies who moments earlier were trying to kill them. That makes no sense.

The only rules in war are to win and survive. The war zone is not a social function. Civil courtesies and political correctness should be extended to the enemy only after they have ceased shooting and surrender. Remember 9-11, disabled veterans, widows, fatherless children and grieving relatives who have lost loves ones to a heartless enemy.

Before our Marines are thrown under the bus for political expediency, remember those Americans who jumped to their deaths as the Twin Towers were engulfed in flames. Let’s not ever forget why this all came to be.

Kevin Palmer

Martinez

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