Saturday, January 14, 2012

Not jumping high enough

And why would a group of U.S. Marines urinate on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters? For the same reason cops beat people who don't jump high enough.

Because they can.

Maybe you think it's okay because the dead were Taliban soldiers. Terrorists even.

But that makes as little sense as saying it's okay for the police to beat up a person arrested on suspicion of murder or rape or driving while intoxicated.

Were there just a few bad apples in the squad? Was it a lack of supervision or adequate training? Was it the very culture of war?

I don't know. But the same questions apply whenever we see footage of police brutality. I don't mind telling y'all that I think it has more to do with the culture of the organization than it does with a couple of cops (or soldiers) acting like thugs.

Of course you could say that it doesn't matter anyway because they were dead. Just remember that it cuts both ways. What would be your gut reaction if you saw video of someone else desecrating the bodies of dead American youth sacrificed for the greater good of American politicians and U.S. corporations?

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