« Is it really only Tuesday? | Main | Heat and dust »

Saturday, 08 May 2004

Comments

Gianna

unbelievable, isn't it. i can't believe those soldiers would do something so incredibly stupid; they could lose the war for America just with those pictures alone. to think they would actually take trophy pictures, let alone commit such abuses. in this day and age - did they really think the photos wouldn't eventually be made public? and just those ordinary cheerful grins of the soldiers, as though they were at a picnic, in front of those mounds of naked people. i just can't get over it. it just proves that war dehumanises and desensitises people.

marsha

It is impossible to describe the depths of revulsion being expressed by many (most?) here in the U.S. Even those among us who, for some reason, supported the war are angered and shamed. At this point, odds are 50-50 that Rumsfeld will be sacrificed for this horrible debacle and more than one military lifer's career will be ended.

And yet...it seems as though those responsible may not actually be tried for any crime. The news here is full of interviews with those who know them (neighbors, ex-girlfriends, etc.) who swear up and down that they are each - to a one - gentle people who would never hurt anyone. I don't believe for a moment that the blame stops with those in the photos, but I am still most angry at them - they who made the world infinitely more dangerous with their actions. What will be fate of the next soldier - from any nation - who is captured? I shudder to think. And those that would harm civilians have less incentive than ever to distinguish between the uniformed and non. As I've been saying, we're going to pay this bill for a long, long time.

anne

What I find shocking about this is the pornographic nature of the images and how pornography has become commonplace and so easily available. I suppose also the role that women are playing in it. It seems to confirm what feminists were saying 20 odd years ago about pornography debasing everyone who comes into contact with it while totally contradicting the view that if women ran things there wouldn't be anything like the amount of violence around.
Depressing stuff.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

July 2020

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  
Blog powered by Typepad

2019 Books

  • Books I'm Reading