For those that haven’t seen this yet here is the latest bashing of the US Marine Corps by the media:
The Marine Corps on Thursday once again diddamage control after a photograph surfaced of a sniper team inAfghanistan posing in front of a flag with a logo resembling that of the notorious Nazi SS — a special unit that murdered millions of Jews, gypsies and others.
The Corps said in a statement that using the symbol was not acceptable.
However, it was a naive mistake made by Marines who believed theSS symbol was meant to represent sniper scouts and never intended to associate themselves with a racist organization, said Maj. Gabrielle Chapin, a spokeswoman at Camp Pendleton.
The Marines in the image will not be disciplined because investigators determined there was no malicious intent, Chapin said.
Instead, the Corps used the incident as a training tool to talk to troops about what symbols are acceptable after it became aware of the photograph last November.
The image has since surfaced on an Internet blog. [Associated Press]
So it seems that every knucklehead in the military the uploads something questionable on the Internet is now a basis for a major media story. Just by reading the court martial results far worse things then this picture happen in the military, but since there usually isn’t any pictures the media mostly ignores it. I believe this SS flag story is just lazy journalism where these reporters can sensationalize a picture and draw attention to themselves without doing any actual work that real journalism requires. In the past this SS flag story was something that would strictly be blog material, but now it appears the mainstream journalists often act just like the bloggers they often look down on.
With that all said I do believe the snipers intent was to use the SS flag to mean Scout Snipers and not honor the Nazi SS. Supposedly using the lightning bolt SS sign is something the scout snipers have been doing for quite some time. If so it would probably be wise for the Marine Corps to ensure their snipers are no longer affiliating themselves with this flag.