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By on 3.12.08 | 10:40AM

There's a disturbing video making the rounds of a Marine tossing a puppy off a cliff. There is quite a bit of speculation as to whether the puppy's yelps were edited in later, whether it was already dead when he tossed it or whether it may have just been a toy. (YouTube has pulled the video.) Either way, the Marine Corps itself has called the video "shocking and deplorable," and I'm not going to disagree until some further evidence that this is not what it seems comes out. In my personal experience embedded with the U.S. military in Iraq, however, what I saw was an almost constant regard for the welfare of stray dogs and cats, which are treated by Iraqis in basically the same manner we treat cockroaches here. So, for whatever hay certain groups attempt to make out of this video and what it says about American soldiers, I think a group like Baghdad Pups is much more representative.Â

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