U.S. Marine Snipers Posing With Nazi Flag
The picture says it all, or at least most of it. A unit of Marine Snipers apparently took a photo with a Nazi SS flag placed directly underneath the American flag. The Marines are claiming that they did not know what the “SS” flag was, or what it represented, and I hope that is the case.
However, the flag showed up from somewhere… or someone. Who in the world has a Nazi flag in Afghanistan, and why was it placed under the America flag in the first place? I can barely accept the answer that they were completely clueless.
Knight’s Armament, a weapons manufacturer, says that “The ‘SS’ flag has been adopted and used by the Marines in referrence to ‘Scout Sniper.'” the photo of the Marines posing with the Nazi SS flag was originally posted on their blog (cached page), but has since been removed.
Every year there are mistakes that military personnel make, leaving commanding officers and military spokesmen to attend to damage control. Earlier this year pictures of Marines peeing on dead Taliban went viral, and it left a small black spot on the Corps. It doesn’t matter if you, personally, agree with any of these actions or not. The fact is that they are not popular, and for the most part do not reflect Marine Corps values.