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    re: Photos show U.S. GIs posing with dead Afghans[W:1146]

    Meh, this is what combat looks like. You don't have to like it. I don't like it. But it is what it is. Sorry if pictures like this ruin your vision of what combat is.
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    re: Photos show U.S. GIs posing with dead Afghans[W:1146]

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    What's sad is that some people are more outraged by the "defiling" of the dead than they are of the fact that they were killed.
    I completely agree.

    To be honest, though, I am bothered by the pictures... but for different reasons than most.

    I'm bothered by the fact that those soldiers have been subjected to enough horrors of war that they have become desensitized to death to that degree. That can only come from a lot of first-hand experience with death.

    That kind of desensitization often works bit like a credit card. You get to spend up front so that you can do what needs to be done, but the bill will come due eventually. I hope that when the bill comes due for these soldiers and thousands like them, the people of this country will be willing to be there for them.
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    re: Photos show U.S. GIs posing with dead Afghans[W:1146]

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    So to be consistent, you wouldn't care if the Taliban did that to dead U.S. troops? Afterall, their dead and won't mind right?
    After I'm dead, they can put a clown wig on me, shove a carrot up my ass and parade me around on a unicycle for all I care.
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    re: Photos show U.S. GIs posing with dead Afghans[W:1146]

    Quote Originally Posted by Gimmesometruth View Post
    It is not "normalizing", it is dehumanizing the actions of war. You have to take away the fact that these are humans to get to this point.
    Dehumanizing the enemy is the only way some soldiers can do what is asked of them in war.
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    re: Photos show U.S. GIs posing with dead Afghans[W:1146]

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    After I'm dead, they can put a clown wig on me, shove a carrot up my ass and parade me around on a unicycle for all I care.
    Now that would actually require pics for full effect.
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    re: Photos show U.S. GIs posing with dead Afghans[W:1146]

    If I had to choose between our guys blowing off steam with combatants killed in action and strapping a bomb to a 6 year old or cutting off the head of a living civilian on camera...I'll go with the blowing of steam.

    It was a stupid thing to do, but it was probably just a little grab assing immediately following a combat action that caused them to need to blow of steam in this manner.
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    re: Photos show U.S. GIs posing with dead Afghans[W:1146]

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    After I'm dead, they can put a clown wig on me, shove a carrot up my ass and parade me around on a unicycle for all I care.
    Yeah, but you do that for fun...we're talking about degrading stuff.
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    re: Photos show U.S. GIs posing with dead Afghans[W:1146]

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    So to be consistent, you wouldn't care if the Taliban did that to dead U.S. troops? Afterall, their dead and won't mind right?
    I was pretty pissed with video of Americans being beheaded, screaming; of the bodies of soldiers being dragged behind vehicles, burned, and hung from bridges. Sure. What makes you think there aren't hundreds of photos out of of Taliban pissing on dead Americans? I have no doubt that there actually are such pictures, but that's not news. Nobody cares about that. They only care about what American soldiers do, because that's news.

    If you haven't experienced combat, you're simply in no position to judge. That's the bottom line.

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    re: Photos show U.S. GIs posing with dead Afghans[W:1146]

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    If you haven't experienced combat, you're simply in no position to judge. That's the bottom line.
    Sorry, but that's not an excuse and there are those that HAVE been in combat that judge this as wrong so are you going to tell them they can't judge because they disagree with you as well?

    As far as news goes, when a thug on the street kills somebody it barely gets a blurb in the news if at all. However, a police officer does something wrong and it's all over the news. Why? Because people expect more out of our police officers than they do thugs. Exactly how people view the military. That's why this is news and the other was only mentioned slightly in the media.

    The media makes it's money off of Scandals, Sex, and wars. So if you have a problem with coverage I suggest you take it up with them.

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    re: Photos show U.S. GIs posing with dead Afghans[W:1146]

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    I was pretty pissed with video of Americans being beheaded, screaming; of the bodies of soldiers being dragged behind vehicles, burned, and hung from bridges. Sure. What makes you think there aren't hundreds of photos out of of Taliban pissing on dead Americans? I have no doubt that there actually are such pictures, but that's not news. Nobody cares about that. They only care about what American soldiers do, because that's news.

    If you haven't experienced combat, you're simply in no position to judge. That's the bottom line.
    qft.

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