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This quote, from the New York Times, really gets to me. It's from the uncle of one of the accused Abu Ghraib soldiers--the fellow who got the pictures into the news:

"The Army had the opportunity for this not to come out, not to be on 60 Minutes," he said. "But the Army decided to prosecute those six G.I.'s because they thought me and my family were a bunch of poor, dirt people who could not do anything about it. But unfortunately, that was not the case."

Huh. And here I thought the Army decided to prosecute those six--now seven--because they did those things in the pictures. Because nothing can excuse that sort of behavior--not a lack of procedures, a lack of training, or even unlawful orders.

And the Mudville Gazette has some lovely links in its timeline, including a CNN story from January that mentions pictures. I guess some congressional staffers weren't doing their job, if they didn't bother to mention the article to their congressman. Or congresswoman. "Congressperson" just sounds too dumb to use.

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perimyndith
May. 11th, 2004 10:38 am (UTC)
I hate it when people go to lengths to defend the obviously WRONG action of their relatives. There was a quote in the Times recently from some woman about her son, about how he was a good boy, never did anything wrong. Apparently she wasn't counting his 15 or so juvinile convictions for junior-league thuggary...

Stupid people.

(Yes, I'm extrememly uncharitable today.)
alphasunrise
May. 11th, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC)
That's okay. I've been uncharitable for days now. And I don't see me getting any better for quite a while.
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