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article imageOp-Ed: A ghoulish scandal over America's Iraqi war dead

By Alexander Baron     Jan 31, 2012 in Politics
What happens to the bodies of American soldiers who are killed in action? If you thought they were all buried with full military honours, think again.
Around 4,500 American servicemen have died in Iraq since the beginning of the war in 2003. Are all their bodies repatriated and given proper funerals? Apparently not.
This is a story that can be read, but here is a short video that has just been uploaded to YouTube that tells this macabre story eloquently. Althought this has been out a while, it has just been uploaded to the anti-New World Order website 12160. Unsurprisingly, the Iranian news channel PressTV has also picked up on the story.
There can of course be problems with the disposal of human remains. When hundreds or thousands of people are killed during natural disasters such as earthquakes, there is an urgent priority to bury the dead to prevent or contain outbreaks of diseases such as typhoid and cholera; being sentimental to the dead is of no use to anyone if it puts more lives at risk. There can also be problems with disposing of human remains during conflicts; when someone has been killed by a bomb, there may not be much left to bury. There is though something distinctly unedifying about the way some body parts appear to have been disposed of here, as landfill.
The scandal appears only to have come to light when the mortuary workers concerned refused to carry out disposals in this manner, and were fired for their pains. Now, it appears to have been resolved, and those concerned vindicated. Perhaps they were mindful that the so-called Nuremberg defence of superior orders does not excuse reprehensible behaviour. Or perhaps they were just decent human beings who objected to dead heroes being treated like garbage.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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