There was a time when there was honour and dignity in war, odd as it sounds. A time when young men who fought for their country were doing just that,
but with honour. In the second world war, A soldier that desecrated human remains was dealt with harshly. A unit padre would perform last rights on
the enemy, as well as on friendly forces, when a medic or surgeon was expected ti give the same quality of care to everyone, enemy and friendly alike.
These pictures show a clear lack of discipline, and no honour what so ever, it shows the "kill generation" clearly, no respect for human life, or
Before I get flamed, yes, I know, these people are trying to kill you, with IED's (not unlike mines in WW2) and suicide attacks (not unlike the
kamikaze pilots, WW2). The problem is that many in the armed forces, and clearly here too, do not see them as humans doing what they believe to be
right, and you sure as heck ore not going to win any of them over by treating the remains (that pose no danger) the way they are. when we fail to see
our enemy's human side, we are bound to lose any chance of success, simply because we will not treat them with any kind of decency, approaching human,
and that will only breed more resentment and hostility, it becomes a vicious circle.
My father served in the British army of occupation in Germany ofter WW2, and in Suez, I showed him this thread and he was mortified, not only by the
pictures, or the actions of the soldiers, but mostly by the inhumane and disgusting rhetoric many have posted here. How can anyone expect the US army,
or the people of your country to gain any respect for your nation, when actions like these are not only happening, but when the utter disdain for
human kind is shown and cheered by a nation. Yes, these pictures may cause more loss of life, maybe that should clue in the fools to stop pulling this
crap, do stupid things, pay the price, show arrogance, get slapped.
In 1955, my father had the unfortunate position one night as garrison duty officer in Osnabrück, Germany, to have to stand on top of a tank, and
declare marshal law, calling in a regiment of MP's to stop a riot by British servicemen, he had to threaten to fire on his own troops to stop the
riot. The riot was the result of an incident in a bar, that escalated, those involved were punished, not because of who the "enemy" was, but because
who "they" were, they were British soldiers, and though they were in a position of occupation, they were expected to have the highest standards of
When I see stories like this, my heart aches, what will these young men and women be like when they return home, will they carry with them the same
utter disrespect for the sanctity of human life, will they resort to the same attitudes they have been conditioned to have.
You cannot expect to lead a nation out of the "dark ages" if you act like a neanderthal yourself. Yes, people are dying on both sides, but don't
expect it to end any time soon, when things like this are happening.
edit on 4/19/2012 by RyanFromCan because: spelling