Monday, September 26, 2005

Tragic Failure of Leadership

When the American military is discovered trading photos of dead Iraqis and Afghans for pornography and the leadership of the military just shrugs, you realize how badly screwed up our country has become.

When the image of a dead Iraqi shopkeeper can become the punch line for a photo that allows its sender free access to amateur porn, we have given up any claim to the moral high ground.

Think what is going to happen when these images end up being broadcast to the Moslem world.

Who is going to be held accountable?

From AmericaBlog and here and here. And, here from one of the sites that broke the story.

"For almost a year, American soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan have been taking photographs of dead bodies, many of them horribly mutilated or blown to pieces, and sending them to Web site administrator Chris Wilson. In return for letting him post these images, Wilson gives the soldiers free access to his site. American soldiers have been using the pictures of disfigured Iraqi corpses as currency to buy pornography."

I'll ask again - who is going to be held accountable?

(photos East Bay Express)