Tuesday, May 18, 2004

THE GANG WHO COULDN'T SHOOT STRAIGHT

Last week, just when most Americans were getting really pissed about the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, our enemies made Abu Ghraib look like an over-the-top version of "Boys Gone Wild: Fraternity Hazing at State University".

The execution of Nicholas Berg by Zarqawi and his gang more than erased the memory of those photos of men who were sadistically humiliated, scared shitless, but were never maimed or killed.

As Charles Freund says in his LA Time op-ed, Elemental empathy is a primary measure of civilization. The shame that Americans felt at the Abu Ghraib images is rooted in such empathy. Even in the dehumanizing context of warfare, which strains the empathy of all its participants, this is savagery.


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