March 21, 2011

More damaging than Abu Ghraib?

According to The Guardian there are some photos that will be more damaging than the Abu Ghraib controversy;

Commanders in Afghanistan are bracing themselves for possible riots and public fury triggered by the publication of "trophy" photographs of US soldiers posing with the dead bodies of defenceless Afghan civilians they killed.

Senior officials at Nato's International Security Assistance Force in Kabul have compared the pictures published by the German news weekly Der Spiegel to the images of US soldiers abusing prisoners in Abu Ghraib in Iraq which sparked waves of anti-US protests around the world.

They fear that the pictures could be even more damaging as they show the aftermath of the deliberate murders of Afghan civilians by a rogue US Stryker tank unit that operated in the southern province of Kandahar last year.
Some thoughts:
  • As a conservative it is awfully tempting to blame Obama the way liberals blamed Bush for Abu Ghraib.  Neither blame is fair, and while Obama is Commander in Chief, he didn't commit these alleged acts, Bush didn't either.  It's going to prove to be a double standard if liberals don't go after Obama with the same ferocity they did with Bush.
  • War is hell.  Putting soldiers in these tough situations undoubtedly contributes to bad behavior.  But it does not excuse it.
  • These incidents are clearly few and far between and should be treated as such and not viewed as the norm.
  • Why is this report referring to the soldiers as a 'rogue tank unit'.  Where was that with Abu Ghraib?
  • President Obama will be quick to denounce the rogue unit.  What is unclear is whether he will once again denounce and apologize for the country he leads.


  1. This is a testimony of our failure to learn. Maybe these dopes didn't even know abt the photos they are practicall¬y imitating, but they, the photograph¬er, and perhaps the unit leader should be discipline¬d. Soldiers of the United States do not engage in this activity without sanction.

  2. Hi Atlanta Roofing. I have a question for you.

    "Soldiers of the United States do not engage in this activity without sanction."

    Do you mean you think they were sanctioned or that they should not do it because it is not sanctioned?


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