A video released on the internet apparently showing US Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters has been condemned by both Afghan President Hamid Karzai and ISAF. The video, which first surfaced on Wednesday, was described by the Afghan Ministry of Defense as shocking. Hamid Karzai released a statement on Thursday calling the act as completely inhumane and called on the U.S. to punish the soldiers involved.
NATO also condemned the video stating that the men are apparently no longer serving in Afghanistan. NATO described the actions on the video as “inexplicable and not in keeping with the high moral standards” expected of NATO forces.
“This disrespectful act is inexplicable and not in keeping with the high moral standards we expect of coalition forces,” ISAF said in the statement.
These type of actions, obviously, are not conducive to the effort in Afghanistan and will, in all likelihood, have repercussions for all NATO forces serving in Afghanistan. While the Marine Corps said it was investigating the incident, it is not known if the personnel have been identified. Based on the NATO statement, it appears that the video is genuine.
Reuters in a short newsflash tonight said that two of the members in the video had been identified and are still serving with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, operating out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two of the four Marines seen in a video appearing to urinate on the bodies of dead Taliban have been identified, a Marine Corps official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The official added that the Marines believed the video was authentic. The two that were identified are still part of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, based out of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. That unit served in Afghanistan’s Helmand province from March until September of 2011, the official said. Reuters
This generation of soldiers seems to have a problem. While there is no doubt that incidents of this nature likely occurred in the past, this generation seems to like videotaping it and posting it on the web. Acts of this nature are both shameful and disgraceful and it boggles the mind why someone would videotape it and then post it on the web. What were they thinking?