The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) said they are deeply disturbed by the contents of a video posted on YouTube depicting U.S. Marines urinating on dead bodies in Afghanistan and condemn any actions that desecrate a human being’s dignity and respect, even in death.
MPAC has sent a letter to the Department of Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta demanding the soldiers be reprimanded and held accountable for their deplorable actions and for a thorough investigation of this incident.
“We are shocked to see representatives of our great nation engaging in behavior that disrespects America, our values and our armed forces. This behavior is against the military’s code of conduct as well and the Geneva Convention’s rules on prisoners of war,” said the groups, adding, “Unfortunately, these types of actions can only serve to bring animosity to the United States as it diminishes the trust other nations and their citizens have put in us.”
According to a joint statement: “All human beings are endowed with sanctity and dignity in both life and death. The behavior evidenced in this video is morally reprehensible and should be condemned by the United States government in the strongest terms.”