Apparently, the LA Times has some photos given to them by a member of the 82d Airborne Division that has members of that unit posing with the remains of a suicide bomber while smiling. I know it’s shocking, isn’t it. Who can dare to smile at the death of a suicide bomber? The Stars & Stripes reports that the commander of the International Security Assistance Force, Gen. John R. Allen, has come out against smiling at dead suicide bombers;
“The actions of the individuals photographed do not represent the policies of ISAF or the U.S. Army,” Allen is quoted as saying. “This behavior and these images are entirely inconsistent with the values of ISAF and all service members of the fifty ISAF countries serving in Afghanistan.”
So, if you’re in AFghanistan, don’t smile at suicide bombers after they’ve ‘sploded, or, at least, don’t have pictures of your vile act.
Here’s a sample below the jump. There’s a warning because there is a picture of a dead guy who was planting an IED and didn’t quite get to finish his job before he was interrupted by rapidly expanding gases;
Horrible, ain’t it? Here’s more from The LA Times;
The 82nd Airborne Division soldiers arrived at the police station in Afghanistan’s Zabol province in February 2010. They inspected the body parts. Then the mission turned macabre: The paratroopers posed for photos next to Afghan police, grinning while some held — and others squatted beside — the corpse’s severed legs.
A few months later, the same platoon was dispatched to investigate the remains of three insurgents who Afghan police said had accidentally blown themselves up. After obtaining a few fingerprints, they posed next to the remains, again grinning and mugging for photographs.
Two soldiers posed holding a dead man’s hand with the middle finger raised. A soldier leaned over the bearded corpse while clutching the man’s hand. Someone placed an unofficial platoon patch reading “Zombie Hunter” next to other remains and took a picture.
Yeah, all of that shit is just horrid. It’s almost as bad as if they had pissed on the bodies or accidentally burned a Koran in the unit burn pit. I guess the media is just ready to make an issue out of anything they can. So, everyone (except TSO) stop taking pictures in Afghanistan, because apparently, anything will set off a firestorm in the media.