America, fast becoming the used car salesman of the world

Last week I wrote of the juxtaposition that is the United States of America. Today we have another glaring example.

Last month America was in an uproar as it was revealed that remains of dead American soldiers, both in intact ‘pieces’ and cremated ashes were sent to a dump in Virginia.

This sparked outrage…and rightfully so.

For days and days the 24 hour news channels were speaking of the disrespect of the dead, especially those who have given their lives to defend their country. “There can be no greater honour than to die in battle” was the catch-cry so to be discarded and disrespected in such a way was treasonous.

When the Pentagon first said it didn’t have the time or resources to investigate how many body parts went missing, Rep. Rush D. Holt (D-N.J.) had three questions for the DoD: “What the hell?”

“We spent millions, tens of millions, to find any trace of soldiers killed, and they’re concerned about a ‘massive’ effort to go back and pull out the files and find out how many soldiers were disrespected this way?” he asked the Post. “They just don’t want to ask questions or look very hard.”

“My only peace of mind in losing my husband was that he was taken to Dover and that he was handled with dignity, love, respect and honor,” widow Gari-Lynn Smith adds to the Post. “That was completely shattered for me when I was told that he was thrown in the trash.”

Well today we see this story

The US Marine Corps will investigate a video showing what appear to be American forces in Afghanistan urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters.

The video, which was posted on YouTube and other websites, shows four men in camouflage Marine combat uniforms urinating on the bodies of three dead Taliban.

One of them jokes: “Have a nice day, buddy.” Another makes a lewd joke about a shower.

Apparently if it’s not one of ‘our boys’ the same rules don’t really apply.

If you want to see the video, and it is graphic, you can go here

16 year old to admit guilt

What an awful, awful situation. I feel for the girl and her family and only hope and pray they can recover from this. I just hope it’s doesn’t take her life away.

The 16-year-old boy charged with raping and injuring a 5-year-old before Christmas at a Turangi campground has indicated he will admit the charges.

At the boy’s appearance in the Taupo Youth Court today his youth advocate and lawyer Katherine Ewen indicated to Judge Munro the boy would not defend charges of rape, burglary and grievous bodily harm via sexual violation.

More than a dozen friends and family sat in the public gallery in support of the teenager, who cannot be named because of his age.

There are no winners in this story, only losers and through his own actions this unnamed 16 year old may have ruined his own life as well as the young girls.

The 16-year-old’s mother read a karakia prepared by the accused in which he asked God to forgive him.

He and his whanau will attend a family group conference at the weekend and will reappear before the court next week.

I hope he also has asked for the family’s forgiveness and seeks a way to demonstrate his remorse…if indeed it is genuine.

Image first in NZ Herald