Arthur Silber is confused. Why are so many outraged over four Marines urinating on dead Taliban soldiers when full fledged war crimes, such as the invasion of Iraq, are praised and debated by the policy and media elite?
But Americans live in the cocoon of the myths that are reinforced every day by almost every voice in the media, and by the majority of “ordinary” Americans themselves. Videos like the current one threaten those myths, and they throw into question our cherished belief that we are “good” and uniquely so. [Urinating] on dead bodies is not an image that can be reconciled with our desperate self-flattery, with our unquestioned and unquestionable belief that we are inherently superior to all other peoples and entitled to our way in everything, in all corners of the world. So it must be explained, and minimized, and excused. When it is condemned, it is condemned as an outlier, an extraordinary event that is “not consistent with our core values.”
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