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Hunter: ‘Context’ in urination on corpses
|Last Edited||Jason Feb 02, 2012 04:14am|
|News Date||Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||A congressman who served in Afghanistan is seeking leniency for four Marines videotaped urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters, while some backers of the Marines are voicing support online. |
Rep. Duncan Hunter, himself a former Marine, urged Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta to “put things in the proper context” when judging the Marines on their conduct because they face brutality every day in Afghanistan.
“In Afghanistan, our Marines see recurring acts of brutality by the enemy directed toward them and the Afghan people, and they see their friends wounded or killed,” the California Republican said in a letter to Mr. Panetta this week.
“We owe it to these individuals and others who put their lives on the line every day to take into account the extraordinary conditions and danger they face when judging their actions, and put things in the proper context.”