http://news.yahoo.com/perry-urges-no-criminal-charges-over-marines-video-170256198.html This news story doesn't mention it, but another I read spoke of these Marines possibly being charged with war crimes. According to the news, their actions are "as bad as it gets." Now I'm not going to sit here and say what they did was just fine, but I AM going to say "Sorry they did that, it's done, now move on." Maybe it was juvenile. Maybe it was petty. And maybe being expected to be 100% patriotic even when it means shooting other humans means that some people cope with the mental harshness of it all by desensitizing themselves or disassociating from the reality of it so they can CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THE SAME PEOPLE WHO ARE SAYING THEY SHOULD BE PUNISHED. I just can't believe any American would have the nerve to sit behind their comfy desk in their safe little office and decide that these men should be given the harshest punishment under the sun for this. My mind can't conceive of the thinking behind that. Give 'em metals for not TOTALLY cracking under the severe strain. Thank them. Have someone else who has been there tell them they understand the stress, and offer them other ways of coping with it that won't make our country look silly. Have them make a simple public apology to ease the ridiculous attempts to make this into something major and be done with it. It's hard enough to keep morale up among troops without them living in fear that their own country sides with the enemy if they happen to have a relatively minor lapse of judgment after they do things that most of us couldn't do if our lives depended on it and under stress that most Americans cannot fathom. Even people who defend themselves from just one burglar or rapist end up needing all kinds of therapy. These guys are out there in a foreign country where they live under the fear and threat of being killed every second of the day and they still do it. Sure, there are others who handle it different, or what would be considered better by some people, but not everyone deals with things the same way. (and maybe the ones who handle it do have negative coping skills that we just don't see, but the answer is to provide them help, not condemnation when we discover negative coping skills are being used) Especially considering the source of the major complaints. WHAT did they do to OUR men? How did the other side treat their dead bodies? Do I remember wrong when I flash to images of them being dragged through streets and hung from bridges? Some suffering slow, torturous, video-taped deaths in the name of that country's infamous religion, then they use that same religion to claim that their religion calls for respect for dead bodies? The one that has women being beaten and stoned to death in the streets? The one that thinks exploding women and children is a good thing? These are the same people screaming foul? And we're siding with THEM? Why? Someone who believes these Marines should be guilty of war crimes and punished to the highest extent, get over here and explain this to me please. Tell me why you think like that. I've read comments on sites from others who claim they have been in the same situation (dunno what to believe on internet comments) and say that these particular men are a disgrace. So I'm especially interested in someone who has been there in that situation and had to take lives. I want to know how you feel about what these men did and why. Help me understand why you think that way.