War Transforms Soldiers

War is hell. War transforms decent people into savage defenders of their lives and possessions. War in Afghanistan has not been one in which two opposing armies confront one another in open battle. The enemy has been transformed into a shadowy figure whose presence means death and therefore any method of combating Taliban forces is justified on grounds of: better you than me. A grouipof US Marines came across bodies of dead Taliban insurgents and decided to  piss on them, not figuratively, but literally.

Staff Sergeant Edward Depotla pleaded guilty to the urination charge and was demoted a grade. He admitted to failure of being a sergeant and committing two stupid acts-pissing and taking a photo of his stupidity. Other members of the patrol received punishments.

This is the world of  photos and making certain the world knows that you are a jerk.