Skip to comments.Stench Prompted U.S. Troops to Burn Corpses
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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Come on, if stench was truly a factor they would be burning arabs alive over there.
I'm sure their eternal souls are burning hotter than their bodies did.
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...)
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.
Lefties are wailing like banshees about this.
What I think about that, would get me banned.
Not that im defending the people involved but what were they supposed to do with bodies nobody wanted?
An old football will due in a pinch.
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.
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 ..??
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"??
Rocky hilly terrain makes for hard digging of graves. Plus bloated bodies tend to....explode.
Yeah, why not set up a fund for the funerals of the dead terrorists and bury them with full military honors?
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.
Please, no! We wouldn't want the Muslims to get mad at us as well as hate us, would we?
Just out of curiousity, what worked where for the British?
But what if they were Hindus? Don't they burn their dead?
"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!
Big mistake was allowing the Aussie cameraman anywhere near the area.
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?
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.
The criticism America gets seems closely tied to it being America and thus no action or inaction can go without criticism!
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!
'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.
I sure hope there were no Korans in their pockets.
Kills 2 birds with 1 stone.
Exactly. Tying the hands of U.S. soldiers and destroying military careers over the 'sensibilities' of Islamists and CAIR spokesnuts is ridiculous.
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?
The French too.
"Australian photojournalist, Stephen Dupont"
Should have never allowed a leftist to cover our troops.
"I just don't understand why burn them .. why not just bury them ..??"
What part of rocky hilltop, don't you understand?
Next time they should use the photojournalists as kindling to start the funeral pyre.
The lt could say he converted to asatru the norse religion and he was honoring fellow warriors and getting rid of maggots.
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....
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.
Oh, I forgot--- it was America's fault.
How does that explain the bacon that was sizzing on Johnny Taliban?
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?
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. . .
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.
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.
I'm sorry. I didn't mean to be offensive. I write replies like I would talk to a friend in my kitchen.
And .. here's another one with a snotty remark.
Thanks, but your comment is arrogant!!