Holding the Moral High Ground
On his blog, Tom Ricks has an interesting bit of trivia about war and Afghanistan.
What those urinating Marines did was wrong, but hardly shocking in the context of what goes on in war — especially in Afghanistan. I remember reading in a history of fighting in Waziristan that British officers were warned that if they were captured, Pushtun fighters likely would jam a sprig of camelthorn up the captive’s penis and then tie him naked and spreadeagled over and anthill and leave him there to roast in the sun until he died. Given the historical memory of Afghans, I would expect that knowledge of those practices is widespread.
Just reading that makes me uncomfortable… Ah, war in Afghanistan. But as my Dad said, two wrongs don’t make a right. For the most part, except for a few examples that we all know already, the U.S. military has an exceptional record of fighting by the rules.
Here is my one question, is there any benefit to holding the “moral high ground” and if so, what does it get you?