I am not going to say anything about the politics inherent in the whole Iraqi torture photo scandal. It’s too stupid and ugly for that. Other people have spoken way more eloquently about the inhumanity of it all, so I’m not going to add to that. However, there’s one point I gotta make.
I am not the kind of person who commits war crimes, but I have a sneaking suspicion that most war crimes are, in fact, committed by the sort of person who doesn’t commit war crimes, life being the way it is and combat zones having notoriously debilitating effects on the human psyche.
However, if I am ever in a situation where I AM committing war crimes, I am sure as hell not going to take photos.
Bad enough that we have people doing this monstrous thing, but god, do they have to be so STUPID? Jesus, did they think there was a “Geneva’s Funniest Human Rights Violations” show that they could submit them to? Who the hell videotapes themselves doin’ that kind of crap? What the hell, man?