A Marine who was fined and demoted for urinating on Taliban corpses in Afghanistan in 2011 says he would do it again.
“I regret maybe any repercussions it might have had on the Marines. But do I regret doing it? Hell no,” Sgt. Joseph Chamblin told WSOC-TV in Charlotte, N.C., adding that he would do it again.
“These were the same guys that were killing our family, killing our brothers,” said Sgt. Chamblin, who was on a mission to stop Taliban insurgents from making roadside bombs.
One of his sniper team members, Sgt. Mark Bradley, was killed by a buried bomb days before the incident.
“We’re human,” he said. “Who wouldn’t if you lost your brother or mother? Wouldn’t you want revenge?”
Sgt. Chamblin said he didn’t consider endangering other troops by the act, but considered the psychological effect it would have on the enemy “because if an infidel touches the body, they’re not going to Mecca or paradise.”
Especially infidel urine which the Koran ranks somewhere between a woman’s hair and a gay bar in Mecca.
“So now these insurgents see what happens when you mess with us,” said Sgt. Chamblin, adding that he is planning to retire in September and is writing a book.
I’ll buy a copy.
After a gun battle in enemy territory, Chamblin said nearly a dozen Taliban insurgents were dead and he and his colleagues were ordered to recover the bodies, which is when the incident happened.
“It’s not like it was a conscious thought or decision but one was like, ‘You know what, (urinate) on these guys.’ And some said, ‘Yeah, (urinate) on them,’” Chamblin said.
In The New York Times, Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai called the behavior “inhuman and condemnable in the strongest possible terms.”
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called the actions” utterly deplorable” at the time and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed to hold the Marines involved accountable.
“Do you want the Marine Corps to be a group of Boy Scout pretty boys or do you want guys that will go out and kill the people trying to take advantage of your country and kill Americans?” Chamblin said. “Which do you want? Because you can’t have both.”