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article imagePerry defends urinating Marines, adds Patton, Churchill did same

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jan 16, 2012 in World
Texas Governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry has spoken in defense of U.S. Marines shown on video urinating on the corpses of fallen Taliban fighters. He said the marines were just "kids," and that "kids make stupid mistakes all too often."
Perry made the comment in South Carolina during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union." Perry, according to Los Angeles Times, is campaigning intensively in the state ahead of the January 21 primary, in a bid to revive his presidential campaign.
The U.S. military has, however, condemned the behavior of the marines and said charges will be brought against them. But Rick Perry, in the CNN interview, said it would send a "bad message" for military authorities to bring criminal charges against the marines. Perry said:
"What is really disturbing to me is just, kind of, the over-the-top rhetoric from this administration and their disdain for the military, it appears, whether it's the secretary of state or whether it's the secretary of defense...I mean, these kids made a mistake. There's not any doubt about it. They shouldn't have done it. It's bad. But to call it a criminal act, I think, is over the top."
Perry justified his position by citing the behaviour of General George Patton who urinated in the Rhine River to express his contempt for Nazi Germany, and former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who is reported to have urinated on the Siegfried Line. Perry said:
"Did they make a mistake? Absolutely. Should they be reprimanded and appropriately punished? Yes, but going after them as a criminal act, I think, really bad message."
CNN reports Senator John McCain disagreed with Perry, saying: "I don't object to the commandant of the Marine Corps looking into this. It's a breakdown in discipline, is what it is. The Marine Corps prides itself on its discipline. The Marine Corps prides itself that we don't lower ourselves to the level of the enemy."
According to Los Angeles Times, the U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, has described the incident as "utterly deplorable," and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, described the action as “absolutely inconsistent with American values.” National Post reports that Lt. General Curtis Scaparrotti in charge of Afghan operations, in a statement to troops, said: “Defiling, desecrating, mocking, photographing or filming for personal use insurgent dead constitutes a grave breach of the [law of armed conflict]."
The Geneva convention forbids desecration of the war dead.
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