Taliban says urination video won't harm peace talks. Why not?
A video showing what appear to be US forces urinating on dead Taliban fighters the group has drawn only muted reaction, with many Afghans saying they're now inured to US abuses.
A graphic video that appears to show four US Marines joking as they urinate on the bodies of three presumed Taliban fighters has gone viral on the Internet, sparking concerns that the clip could imperil peace talks and create widespread anger among Afghans.
The video has triggered dismay among those Afghans who’ve seen it, and has been condemned by both Afghan President Karzai and the US, but most Afghans say that after 10 years of the American-led war here they’ve come to expect this type of behavior from the US and its allies standing as a grim barometer of just how much the US and NATO image here has fallen.
“The majority of the population in Afghanistan has no good thoughts about international forces in Afghanistan, because these forces have committed many missteps over the last 10 years,” says Baryalai Hakimi, head of the law and political science department at the National Center for Policy Research at Kabul University. “People are not saying that this is a very serious issue because ones like it have happened many times in the past.”