— The Erimtan Angle —

The United States Marine Corps is launching an investigation into a video which appears to show Marines in full combat gear urinating on several dead bodies. In the extremely graphic video, which appeared on various websites on 12 January 2012, at least 4 male Marines expose their genitals and urinate on the bodies. The mystery person who posted the video included a caption that reads, “scout sniper team 4 with 3rd battalion 2nd marines out of camp lejeune peeing on dead talibans”. Now, Captain Kendra N. Hardesty — a Media Officer for the USMC — stated, “While we have not yet verified the origin or authenticity of this video, the actions portrayed are not consistent with our core values and are not indicative of the character of the Marines in our Corps”.

The release of this embarrassing video could not have come at a more inappropriate time, given the ongoing efforts of the U.S. to leave the Af-Pak Theatre under honourable circumstances in a timely fashion. Therefore, it seems most propitious that the Reuters news agency reports that the “Taliban say Marine abuse tape won’t hurt talks”.[1]  Still, the former Taliban official and now senior member of the Afghan government’s High Peace Council, Arsala Rahmani stated that “Such action will leave a very, very bad impact on peace efforts”.[2]

[1] “Taliban say Marine abuse tape won’t hurt talks” Reuters (12 January 2012). http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/12/us-afghanistan-usa-urination-idUSTRE80A2D720120112.

[2] “Taliban say Marine abuse tape won’t hurt talks”.


Comments on: "The Curious Incident of the Urinating Marines in Afghanistan" (1)

  1. I think the timing of the video is appropriate and a metaphor for our efforts in the region.

    Thanks for the update.


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