‘Such things happen all the time…’

McClatchy reports that Afghans aren’t surprised by the video of U.S. Marines urinating on dead Afghans:

In Afghanistan, while no major protests were reported the day after the video surfaced online — purporting to show four Marines standing in a semicircle and urinating on dead Afghans — one resident said he wasn’t surprised.

“I know a lot of horrible things happen in the south and nobody but the locals know about it,” said Jamal Karimi, 32, referring to southern Afghanistan, where American forces have maintained a large troop presence.

“Such things happen all the time, and people talk about it but media hardly report them,” said Karimi, a shopkeeper from the southern city of Kandahar.

I said as much when this video first broke out. See here and here for my previous discussions on it.

5 thoughts on “‘Such things happen all the time…’”

  1. What is the big deal? They were already dead. A little pee isn't going to hurt them any.

    I would love to see US Marines force live Taliban prisoners to drink nothing but the pee of US soldiers.

  2. There's a good deal of propaganda going on here. A good chance they were not "Taliban" at all, but just innocent local folks going about their daily activities.

    Dehumanizing the remains by urinating on them was a way for the soldiers to deal with their guilt at being the cause of those deaths.

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