Rocky Rockwell, Naples and Rochester, N.Y.
Keep it in context
While the rest of us continue on with our daily lives, working a mundane job, playing golf, visiting the local watering hole, watching sports on TV, etc. a few of us are carrying on a 10-year war in Afghanistan.
On occasion, perhaps during our third or fourth tour of duty since the rest of our peers do not feel it necessary to serve their country, we have a weak moment and, seemingly in privacy, go a little beyond the call of duty in our actions.
Perhaps it is a belated reaction to the 911 atrocity committed by supporters of those we have just sent to their final resting place. Who knows? The point is the recently publicized action of four of our Marines was not done nor openly broadcast for the world to see.
Truly it was not a proper action. However, it is not something for which Defense Secretary Leon Panetta needs to announce openly that the perpetrators "will be held accountable to the fullest extent."
Now the four Marines will probably be dragged before the world of public opinion for the next year or so, at least court-martialed and possibly given extensive prison sentences. Where was the hue and cry when Americans were beheaded or hung, mutilated and burning, from public bridges for all the world to see? Remember that? Maybe not, as it was front-page news in some publications for a day or so and then largely ignored and forgotten.
These Taliban fighters were already dead. They were not tortured, mutilated, burned or beheaded.
The Marines in question need severe reprimands for their misactions. They do not need to be persecuted and raked over the coals for endless months to come. The only saving grace for them may lay in not returning home to Dover Air Force Base in a casket or to a military hospital missing one or more body parts, or suffering some other debilitating injury, as approximately 40,000 of our brave and sacrificing troops have done before them.
Truly, enough is enough on this matter.