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Stench Prompted U.S. Troops to Burn Corpses
Time online ^ | Time

Posted on 10/21/2005 4:34:10 PM PDT by blogblogginaway

The desecration of Taliban dead prompts outrage in Afghanistan

There simply wasn't enough room on the rocky hilltop above Gonbaz village in southern Afghanistan for the U.S. platoon and the corpses of the two Taliban fighters. The Taliban men had been killed in a firefight 24 hours earlier, and in the 90 degree heat, their bodies had become an unbearable presence, soldiers who were present have told TIME. Nor was the U.S. Army unit about to leave — the hilltop commanded a strategic view of the village below where other Taliban were suspected to be hiding.

Earlier, Lt. Eric Nelson, the leader of B Company, I-508 platoon leader had sent word down to Gonbaz asking the villagers to pick up the bodies and bury them according to Muslim ritual. But the villagers refused — probably because the dead fighters weren't locals but Pakistanis, surmised one U.S. army officer.

It was then that Lt. Nelson took the decision that could jeopardize his service career. "We decided to burn the bodies," one soldier recounts, "because they were bloated and they stank." News of this cremation may have remained on these scorching hills of southern Afghanistan, had the gruesome act not been recorded on film by an Australian photojournalist, Stephen Dupont. Instead, when the footage aired on Australian TV on Wednesday, it unleashed world outrage. A Pentagon spokesman described the incident as "repugnant" and said that the army was launching a criminal investigation into the alleged desecration of the corpses, which is in violation of the Geneva Convention on human rights.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; burnbabyburn; oef; taliban
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Didn't even know the dead body of a terrorist could be desecrated.
1 posted on 10/21/2005 4:34:11 PM PDT by blogblogginaway
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To: blogblogginaway

Come on, if stench was truly a factor they would be burning arabs alive over there.


2 posted on 10/21/2005 4:36:00 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: blogblogginaway

I'm sure their eternal souls are burning hotter than their bodies did.


3 posted on 10/21/2005 4:36:27 PM PDT by My2Cents (Dead people voting is the closest the Democrats come to believing in eternal life.)
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To: blogblogginaway

Guess they couldn't find a dead pig to bury the bodies with, eh?

(Worked for the British against Islamic rebels in the 19th century...)


4 posted on 10/21/2005 4:37:08 PM PDT by Liberty1970
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To: blogblogginaway

I'm thumbing through my copy of the Geneva Convettions and...nope, don't see the signature of anyone representing the Taliban, or Talibanistan, or, for that matter, Al-Quaedastan.


5 posted on 10/21/2005 4:37:36 PM PDT by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: Rome2000; windcliff

LOL!!


6 posted on 10/21/2005 4:37:36 PM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: blogblogginaway

Lefties are wailing like banshees about this.

What I think about that, would get me banned.


7 posted on 10/21/2005 4:39:10 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: blogblogginaway

Not that im defending the people involved but what were they supposed to do with bodies nobody wanted?


8 posted on 10/21/2005 4:39:12 PM PDT by smith288 (Peace at all cost makes for tyranny free of charge...)
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To: blogblogginaway
The lawyers have their snoots in this. Who says the dead bodies of terrorists (non uniformed combatants) are due any respect.

Also what about health considerations for the living. There must have been millions of flies about creating a health hazard. This is silly in the extreme.
9 posted on 10/21/2005 4:39:19 PM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: Liberty1970
Guess they couldn't find a dead pig to bury the bodies with, eh?

An old football will due in a pinch.

10 posted on 10/21/2005 4:39:38 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: blogblogginaway

Uh, what happened to "An eye for an eye"? Isn't that in the Q'uran as well?????

To hell with Mooslems and what they think. Let them riot and kill each other.


11 posted on 10/21/2005 4:40:20 PM PDT by Danae ( Anál nathrach, orth' bháis's bethad, do chél dénmha)
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To: blogblogginaway

But .. why didn't they just bury them ..?? After all, if the bodies were stinking already .. it wasn't going to smell better when they were burning.

I just don't understand why burn them .. why not just bury them ..??


12 posted on 10/21/2005 4:40:46 PM PDT by CyberAnt (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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To: blogblogginaway
Can't these jackasses ever get it into their heads that Geneva Convention Rights only apply to uniformed soldiers of a warring nation?!?!?!
13 posted on 10/21/2005 4:40:56 PM PDT by Yossarian
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To: blogblogginaway

Worldwide outrage?? Give me a break! How many times have I seen old footage of Japanese soldiers and concentration camp victims being buried with bulldozers? Why didn't the "outraged" muslims claim the bodies of these dead "freedom fighters"??


14 posted on 10/21/2005 4:42:30 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: CyberAnt

Rocky hilly terrain makes for hard digging of graves. Plus bloated bodies tend to....explode.


15 posted on 10/21/2005 4:44:06 PM PDT by daybreakcoming (May God bless those who enter the valley of the shadow of death so that we may see the light of day.)
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To: CyberAnt

Yeah, why not set up a fund for the funerals of the dead terrorists and bury them with full military honors?


16 posted on 10/21/2005 4:44:12 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: blogblogginaway

I sincerely hope that this doesn't hurt this Lt's career. I completely fail to be outraged at any of this. What they did was eminently practical and useful in the situation and if it hurts some enemy feelings... well... too bad.


17 posted on 10/21/2005 4:45:17 PM PDT by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 900 knives and counting!)
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To: blogblogginaway
"Didn't even know the dead body of a terrorist could be desecrated."
And I suppose separating a head from a body isn't a desecration?
18 posted on 10/21/2005 4:49:28 PM PDT by duckman (I refuse to use a tag line...I mean it.)
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To: CyberAnt
...why not just bury them ..??You try burying two bodies in rocky soil in 90 degree heat. Let me know how it went.
19 posted on 10/21/2005 4:53:05 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: blogblogginaway

Please, no! We wouldn't want the Muslims to get mad at us as well as hate us, would we?


20 posted on 10/21/2005 4:54:01 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Liberty1970

Just out of curiousity, what worked where for the British?


21 posted on 10/21/2005 4:55:32 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: blogblogginaway

But what if they were Hindus? Don't they burn their dead?


22 posted on 10/21/2005 4:58:14 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Liberalism cannot survive in a free and open society.)
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To: ozzymandus

"Yeah, why not set up a fund for the funerals of the dead terrorists and bury them with full military honors?"


Well .. I wouldn't go that far - but burying them for sanitary reasons - just digging a hole covering them up - what big deal is that ..?? Decaying flesh attracks all kinds of bugs.

Your reply was over the totally rude, condescending and had no relation to what I said. Good grief! When are you people going to stop this knee-jerk reaction stuff - it's getting tiresome!


23 posted on 10/21/2005 5:01:02 PM PDT by CyberAnt (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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To: blogblogginaway

Big mistake was allowing the Aussie cameraman anywhere near the area.


24 posted on 10/21/2005 5:01:37 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (LET ME DIE ON MY FEET IN MY SWAMP, ALEX KOZINSKI FOR SCOTUS)
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To: blogblogginaway
***"Taliban, you are cowardly dogs. You are too scared to come down and retrieve the bodies. This just proves you are the lady-boys we always believed you to be."***

And the presstitutes are making like this was a bad thing to say to people who burned 3,000 of our people who had never lifted a hand against them?

25 posted on 10/21/2005 5:04:34 PM PDT by daybreakcoming (May God bless those who enter the valley of the shadow of death so that we may see the light of day.)
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To: blogblogginaway

I seem to remember a lot of talk over the years, including after Katrina, about having to dispose of dead bodies in a timely manner because of the danger of disease.


26 posted on 10/21/2005 5:06:05 PM PDT by socal_parrot
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To: blogblogginaway
Doesn't bother me in the least. They cannot leave the bodies to rot, explode and attract vermin. They attempted to get locals to bury them according to Muslim custom (auto-assuming they were Muslims) and were rebuffed. The soldiers couldn't do that themselves. I don't see many options. Burning a body is a time-honored burial ritual from the Vikings to Jedi Knights.

The criticism America gets seems closely tied to it being America and thus no action or inaction can go without criticism!

27 posted on 10/21/2005 5:11:18 PM PDT by newzjunkey (CA: Stop union theft for political agendas with YES on Prop 75! Prolife? YES on Prop 73!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

28 posted on 10/21/2005 5:12:16 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Rudder

Good grief! What is the matter with people lately! That was a snotty reply and I didn't deserve that and I'm sick of this stuff!

You can explain your opnion without having to attack me!


29 posted on 10/21/2005 5:12:26 PM PDT by CyberAnt (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

'xactly---the LTs career is being harmed because he did this in the presence of cameras. He didn't learn the lesson they all should have learned--people who do not have your best interests in mind will use pictures of your actions to do you harm. And the excuse that they stank isn't the most convincing of arguments--I doubt the smell was improved that much by burning them--you'd think they could have dragged them downwind or something if that were truly the issue.


30 posted on 10/21/2005 5:12:40 PM PDT by metalcor
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To: blogblogginaway

I sure hope there were no Korans in their pockets.


31 posted on 10/21/2005 5:16:20 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: blogblogginaway
Next time--- flame-throwers and nose plugs.

Kills 2 birds with 1 stone.

32 posted on 10/21/2005 5:16:38 PM PDT by melt (Someday, they'll wish their Jihad... Jihadn't.)
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To: ozzymandus

Exactly. Tying the hands of U.S. soldiers and destroying military careers over the 'sensibilities' of Islamists and CAIR spokesnuts is ridiculous.


33 posted on 10/21/2005 5:16:52 PM PDT by PresbyRev
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To: blogblogginaway
A Pentagon spokesman described the incident as "repugnant" and said that the army was launching a criminal investigation into the alleged desecration of the corpses, which is in violation of the Geneva Convention on human rights.

Am I the only one, or is anyone else tired of these Bush administration people shooting off their mouths before the facts are known? Kinda like the Bennett thing?

34 posted on 10/21/2005 5:20:08 PM PDT by Timmy
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To: Rome2000

The French too.


35 posted on 10/21/2005 5:20:37 PM PDT by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON!)
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To: blogblogginaway

"Australian photojournalist, Stephen Dupont"

Should have never allowed a leftist to cover our troops.


36 posted on 10/21/2005 5:31:40 PM PDT by Ninian Dryhope
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To: CyberAnt

"I just don't understand why burn them .. why not just bury them ..??"

What part of rocky hilltop, don't you understand?


37 posted on 10/21/2005 5:33:05 PM PDT by Ninian Dryhope
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To: CyberAnt

Next time they should use the photojournalists as kindling to start the funeral pyre.


38 posted on 10/21/2005 5:41:26 PM PDT by bdfromlv (Leavenworth hard time)
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To: Cowboy Bob

The lt could say he converted to asatru the norse religion and he was honoring fellow warriors and getting rid of maggots.


39 posted on 10/21/2005 5:43:25 PM PDT by bdfromlv (Leavenworth hard time)
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To: blogblogginaway

When are we going to ban "embedded reporters"? This was a safety measure, not a desecration. Hindsight as always, is 20/20. What if, after the village refused the bodies, we just pitched them off the cliff? Oh yeah, the little bastard would have snapped photos of that too. Nevermind....


40 posted on 10/21/2005 6:02:18 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl ("President Bush, start building that wall"!)
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To: blogblogginaway

Ok, let me see if I have this straight now. Killing terrorists is ok, burning the dead bodies is not. Kind of irrational reasoning IMO. Also, I think the pentagon spokesman who said the idea was repugnant should have his butt kicked for him along with any other American politician or official that speaks against this Lt. for burning the bodies. Don't want to be burned? Don't be a terrorist, AND don't kill civilians and burn their bodies while they are hanging from a bridge.


41 posted on 10/21/2005 6:05:00 PM PDT by calex59
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To: blogblogginaway
How convenient it is for the world to forget 3000 charred bodies in 911.

Oh, I forgot--- it was America's fault.


42 posted on 10/21/2005 6:07:18 PM PDT by melt (Someday, they'll wish their Jihad...Jihadn't.)
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To: Rome2000

How does that explain the bacon that was sizzing on Johnny Taliban?


43 posted on 10/21/2005 6:10:43 PM PDT by BurbankKarl (I am the NRA)
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To: blogblogginaway

One more thing to add. This is part of the process of getting people's minds off of the good news coming out of Iraq about the elections and so forth. Can't have people feeling good about the Iraqis starting to govern themselves can we?


44 posted on 10/21/2005 6:10:59 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Timmy
Am I the only one, or is anyone else tired of these Bush administration people shooting off their mouths before the facts are known?

Just once I'd like to see an official spokesman say, "Yeah, we burned 'em. So what? Yeah, we flushed their filthy Koran down the toilets. Screw 'em! They murdered 3000 innocent Americans!"

A man can dream. . .

45 posted on 10/21/2005 6:12:53 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: blogblogginaway

Well, this is a good lesson for our soldiers. If you're going to do something like this, shoot the journalist who is embeded with you first.


46 posted on 10/21/2005 6:41:27 PM PDT by McGavin999 (We're a First World Country with a Third World Press (Except for Hume & Garrett ))
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To: McGavin999

LOL! ;)


47 posted on 10/21/2005 6:47:49 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: bdfromlv

Yeah .. I wish our kids would realize there are people all around them taking pictures. That's the way it should be, but I think they get wrapped up in the day to day battles and forget there is some guy lurking with a camera.

But .. where was the leadership who allowed them to do this. That guy needs to get off the battlefield.


48 posted on 10/21/2005 7:04:26 PM PDT by CyberAnt (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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To: CyberAnt

I'm sorry. I didn't mean to be offensive. I write replies like I would talk to a friend in my kitchen.


49 posted on 10/21/2005 7:05:04 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: Ninian Dryhope

And .. here's another one with a snotty remark.

Thanks, but your comment is arrogant!!


50 posted on 10/21/2005 7:05:23 PM PDT by CyberAnt (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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