As more and more troops return home in body bags from the ever expanding conflicts in the Middle East we see how much governments really value their sacrifice.
In a recent article published in a UK newspaper we can read how the remains of soldiers were treated once they had been returned to the country.
HUMAN remains from dead British troops have been secretly kept in an Army lab WITHOUT relatives’ permission, it was revealed last night.
At least 60 “samples” from heroes killed in Afghanistan and possibly Iraq were found in a forensics laboratory.
Grieving families now face a nervous wait to find out if their loved ones were involved.
The Royal Military Police have begun investigating the scandal, said to have left generals “spitting with rage”.
The macabre stash is largely made up of tissue slides for DNA samples. But the possibility body parts were also stored has not been ruled out.
It is believed a forensics manager for the Special Investigations Branch of the RMP worked on them as part of murder probes. They were found by his replacement, who notified superiors.
The MoD last night blamed the scandal on changes to the way military cops liaise with grieving families.
An Army spokesman said: “The RMP Special Investigations Branch are identifying families as quickly as possible.”
This shocking treatment of the dead has not only been seen in the UK we also have reports of dead US marines being dumped into landfills.
The dumping was kept from families, and there are no plans to notify them now, Air Force officials told the Post.
The Post broke the story a year ago, before the scope of the practice was known. New data reveals that 976 fragments from 274 soldiers were incinerated and disposed of at King George County Landfill by Dover Air Force Base, the main entry point for America’s war casualties and the largest military morgue in the country, the Post reported.
An additional group of 1,762 unidentified remains from the battlefield — which could not be tested for DNA because they were too damaged — were disposed of in the same way, the Washington Post reported. There were over 2,700 fragmented remains dumped in the landfill. A precise count would require combing through 6,300 records.
The Dover mortuary underwent an investigation a month ago which found “gross mismanagement” of soldiers’ remains by the base: the morgue kept body parts in their coolers for months or even years before properly identifying them and disposing of them.
We see the disrespect given to these men and women. They paid the ultimate price for their country and are repaid with acts like those reported. It’s a shocking reflection of the world today.
We must ask ourselves the questions why would they treat people like this? Why did these troops have to sacrifice their lives?
Ethics of war could take up pages upon pages, so I have included these two links. They highlight the different mindsets.
Those for war: C.I.A Just wars,Ethics, and Terror.
Those against: Womenagainst war