Erich Maria Remarque should have been dragged to The Hague . . . if there was such a thing after World War I. We really don’t see the big deal with troops at war urinating on corpses. The corpses don’t mind, after all, and this seems like a pretty harmless way for macho fighters to blow off a little steam in a war zone. It is certainly morally superior to the way that our Islamic extremist enemies express their disdain for their opponents—i.e., burning down buildings and killing people.
If memory serves us correctly from high school, Remarque wrote charmingly in All Quiet on the Western Front about how the two sides would moon each other across the trenches. We suppose that the Secretary of Defense would condemn that kind of outrageous behavior these days.