Go Allen: West on the Marines Incident: ‘Shut Your Mouth, War Is —‘


allen-westRep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a former Army lieutenant colonel, sent The Weekly Standard an email commenting on the recent Marines’ video tumult:

“I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah.

“All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?

“The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.

“As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is [purgatory].”

{The Weekly Standard/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Such is the Republican response to acts which contravene the Geneva War Crimes Conventions? Dress in uniforms and Karaoke? Oy!

    Most of us have been taught the Marines do the right thing even when no one is watching. That must have been the Army.

  2. Uch! “Go Allen”? Whats wrong with you? Newsflash: We (Americans)are better than they, we dont judge our soldiers by their standards, its not ok to treat their dead disrespectfully because they did the same to ours. And kal vechomer We (As Jews) are better, how can a frum website possibly in any way justify such a sick action agreeing with someone who says its part of war! Shame on you for supporting such vile ideas. Report it? Yes, put supporting it is sick and twisted. shame on Allen West and shame on matzav.

  3. Allen West, in the original article, stated “…shut your mouth, war is —-.” NOT purgatory.

    Matzav, why the censorship of the word —-? Stop insulting our intelligence and write the facts as it is written. Unless an article has words that are anti-Torah, stay with the facts please.

  4. Secondly so I suppose this sick man is ok with soldier’s bodies dragged through Mogadishu. or their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah. After all “war is [purgatory]”?

  5. Liking Allen West is like shining your own shoes with a garden hose and then taking a walk in your own lifestyle rich money pit of shame.

  6. My gut reaction was how terrible this is, and I think it wasn’t prudent for many reasons. But it might be instructive to hear Rabbi Reisman’s shiur of last night on the concept of war. It’s made me decide NOT to weigh in, either way on this, because in today’s moral climate, such a derech could be misconstrued.

  7. I’m anonymous 20. I’d appreciate if you also include the follow up P.S. to that comment, where I stress that I was ust saying that I thought one way and last night’s shiur definitely made me think some more on the matter.