Golden Showers Of American Exceptionalism

As you might expect, Arthur Silber cuts straight to the core — and also lays out the much broader, much darker, more evil context — of the latest obscenity in the ongoing atrocity of America’s occupation of Afghanistan: the desecration of dead bodies by American soldiers. Below is just an excerpt — but do read it in full.

* “Pissing on three dead bodies.”

—- the guardians of our culture insist that they are sickened and outraged by the last one. Displacement of this kind is never innocent. The purpose is to help those who claim to be disgusted and outraged convince themselves (and us) that they (and thus “we”) are “moral,” “good” and “decent.” They are not. If they were, they would speak about the other items — and they would speak about them all the time. But they almost never mention them, except to justify them.”

“The statement from a “Media Officer” for the Marine Corps is a genuine obscenity: “the actions portrayed are not consistent with our core values and are not indicative of the character of the Marines in our Corps.” Under the pressure of the interminable lies of American exceptionalism, joy becomes suffering and life is turned into death, and it is demanded that these perversions be regarded as good. The “Media Officer” engages in another variant of these sickening inversions: “the actions portrayed” are the perfect embodiment of their “core values.” The Marine Corps is a key instrumentality used by the United States Government in its wars of criminal aggression against innocent human beings. Nothing they do can be anything other than an obscenity. The fact that they are in Afghanistan at all is an obscenity. The fact that they murder human beings there is an obscenity. That they pissed on the dead bodies is a detail in the context of the policies and actions which give rise to the American presence in that country in the first place.”

“There is much, much more to this important piece, but I wanted to spread the word about it as soon as possible. Go there, read — and do not be lulled by the expressions of “moral outrage”by those who gleefully countenance — and commit far greater outrages every single day.’

One of the most spirited discussions concerning ‘pissing on the dead’ can be found at Americablog where ‘progressive editor John Aravoise muses: “ I’m not sure. My reaction isn’t disinterest to the actual death of the Taliban fighters, it’s approval.  I still, however, am not sure I like videos like this.  Which is interesting, since killing them is fine but urinating on them is not.”

By all means READ the comments that follow the Aravoise article—-well worth it!

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