Monday, February 13, 2012

Marine General Apologizes for Nazi Flag Photo; Marines Posed in Front of SS Flag in Afghanistan

The photo of U.S. Marine snipers in Afghanistan -- who posed in front of a Nazi flag last week -- has prompted the top Marine officer to start a review of sniper protocol and training, the Christian Science Monitor website reports today (February 13, 2012).

Gen. James Amos also issued an apology "to all offended by this regrettable incident."

A Marine Corps spokesman said the snipers were not aware of the flag, and thought the SS on the flag referred to "sniper scouts." (The SS -- or Schutzstaffel -- was the notoriously murderous arm of the Nazi party.)

Members of the SS pledged an oath of loyalty to Adolph Hitler and carried out many crimes -- including torture and murder -- against Jews, gypsies, and others during World War II.