Jacksonville residents react to Marine web video
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JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- The recently surfaced web video reportedly shows Marines from Camp Lejeune urinating on dead Taliban bodies. A Marine Corps official said today the four men in the video were members of the Camp Lejeune-based third battalion second marines. The video was reportedly taken during a deployment to Afghanistan.

After showing it to folks in Jacksonville, where most either know a Marine or have previously served in the Corps, we got mixed reactions.

“After watching that video it kind of disgusted me because my whole family is retired military and I don't think that's a proper behavior,” said Bradley Cordle, a Jacksonville resident.

“It was disgusting, very disheartening,” said Christina Rampe, who also lives in Jacksonville. “I'm almost in awe that that was happening.”

That viewpoint seemed to be felt across the board with military and Washington officials However, some say the marines in the video should just be left alone.

“They are out there serving our country, which they volunteered for,” said Andrew Dill, of Jacksonville. “A lot of people don't sign up for that and anyone giving them a hard time is basically un-American.”

Andrew dill says what the men did in the video is nothing compared to what the taliban have done to american troops.

“They're the Taliban,” he said. “They would kill every one of us here if they had the chance.”

But some wonder if the video could give a black eye to the Corps and Camp Lejeune.

“I hope it doesn't generalize what people think of service men and women,” said Rampe.

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It's a bad situation all around. But one has to wonder about their state of mind, what with being forced into a situation where everyone around you wants to kill you. There is a temporary insanity defense here in the US - does it not apply to military personnel as well? I'd say they are more deserving than some that have used it successfully.

I FEEL THE SAME WAY ANDREW DILL FEEL!! LOOK WHAT ALL THEY HAVE DONE TO US,911 WAS DEVASTATING!! SO WHAT THEY PISSED ON A BUNCH OF RUTHLESS MURDERERS THAT WOULD KILL US ALL BEFORE WE COULD BLINK!IF YOU ASK ME THEY DESERVE MORE THAN THAT FOR ALL THE PAIN MY PEOPLE SUFFERED FROM THE LOST OF THEIR DADS,MOMS,AUNTS,UNCLES,SISTERS,BROTHERS,KIDS,COUSINS,NIECES,AND NEPHEWS!LET'S NOT FORGET ABOUT ALL OUR SOLDIERS THAT DIED BEHIND THIS MESS THEY STARTED...GOOD JOB SOLDIERS!! PISS ON THEIR MOTHERS FOR HAVING THEM!! I'M MAD THAT MY FELLOW AMERICANS GIVE A HOOT ABOUT THEM GETTING URINATED ON! IT'S WAR,"PROTECT YOURSELF AT ALL TIMES",AS MY BOY MONEY MAYWEATHER WOULD SAY!!!

Messages in all caps are very hard to read.

Let's also not forget about the Americans that the Taliban beheaded and showed all over the internet. They would do the same thing to all of us if they could. They're savage animals, with no regard for any living thing. They're evil.

Let's face facts here folks. We take young men and women right out of high school and train them to be killers. That is what war is all about. Killing people. Never mind that we should not have been there in the first place. We are there! And these young men and women are being shot and maimed on a daily basis.

So, they did something that was rather crude. Stuff happens. You know the s-word I really wanted to use.

We can not continue to try to be The moral guide to bthe world. We are not moral enough.

First of all using all-caps is dumb and annoying. But to your point... America is better than wizzing on our fallen enemy. Simple as that. This behavior is not honorable service and should be dealt with accordingly.