Saturday, January 15, 2005

Not a good argument...

I don't know if anyone's been paying attention to the progression of the trial of the American soldier charged with abuse after the mistreatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq (probably not, it's been relegated to page 12 of the newspaper due to the media storm surrounding the tsunami and its related happenings and non-happenings).

But, for those of you who have been keeping track, you've probably noticed by now that the soldier and his lawyer are raving lunatics. Basically, he admits to doing everything he is accused of, but that he shouldn't be found guilty for two reasons:

1) The prisoners hate America, thus they deserve it
2) He was only following orders

Now, I don't want to belabour this last point, as it is blatantly obvious, but claiming "I was only following orders" as justification for torturing and abusing people because they are of a certain religion may not be the most original idea. Or the best.


Charles Graner was convicted of all charges, and could face up to 15 years in jail. With any luck, every prisoner he abused will be waiting for him.

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