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What is your culture? How do you treat your dead ones, fallen ones, and “martyrs”?

Posted on: December 15, 2011

What is your culture? How do you treat your dead ones, and “martyrs”?

ERIK PINEDA posted on Dec 9, 2011 and account of how the US military disposed of the bodies of their dead soldiers, fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Practical all the way to the end.

“Body parts or remains of many U.S. servicemen killed in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001 may have been mishandled, according to a report by the Washington Post.

  • (Photo: REUTERS)<br>The Afghanistan War has entered its 11th year, and an end to the conflict is no where in sight. Should the U.S. Congress re-institute the military draft to win the war?
(Photo: REUTERS)
 
According to the Post, cremated remains and body parts of about 274 soldiers were unceremoniously dumped in a landfill, purportedly with the full knowledge of officials running Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

The Air Force facility serves as the receiving point for remains of troops who were killed in action while serving overseas.

The improper disposal, the report said, was not brought to the attention of key Pentagon officials until the practice was halted in 2008, with the U.S. military higher-ups ordering a probe on the base’s cremation system when the news broke.

The paper, citing anonymous Air Force officials, also indicated that family members of the dead soldiers were kept in the dark on how the remains of their loved ones were disposed of.

Dover officials were given authority by the soldiers’ families to arrange for the disposal of the cremated remains, including some body parts, but in a respectful and dignified fashion.

The news came out following charges in early November that Dover’s gross mismanagement resulted in the desecration of the nation’s war dead, specifically of two unidentified soldiers who have been discovered with missing body parts that were not properly documented by Dover’s mortuary.

Ensuing inquiries further uncovered irregularities, which prompted Pentagon officials to put in place new procedures that will be observed in the future.

According to the Post, Dover officials took disciplinary action against the morgue commander of the base and its staff as a result of the investigation, though nobody was fired.

Aside from the already cited cases, Air Force officials have admitted that thousands of war dead remains met the same fate, which were delivered to the base’s mortuary for proper disposal as they were beyond recognition.

Conducting DNA identification on the remains was next to impossible as they were either too damaged for reconstruction or badly burned.

The Afghanistan War has entered its 11th year, and an end to the conflict is no where in sight. Should the U.S. Congress re-institute the military draft to win the war?”  End of post

I have watched in documentaries that two thousand years, people in South Americas (Peru) took the pain and climbed dangerous mountains in order to finding dry caves for the dead.  Dead bodies were not supposed to fall prey to beasts and their peace perturbed.

I have published an article on the elaborate procedure and process that the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah undertake for honoring their martyrs and keeping their memory alive in their villages and towns. 

Dignity for the living starts by extending dignity to the dead!  The most elaborate temples and fort-kind of constructions in antiquity were designed and built for the dead.

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