Make an example of this moral moron

Lynndie England, the “thumbs-up poster girl” of Abu Ghraib, has taken to the airwaves to proclaim her victimhood in the face of damning photographs.
Any guesses on whether she shows any sense of culpability?

Army Pfc. Lynndie England, seen worldwide in photographs that show her smiling and pointing at naked Iraqi prisoners, said she was ordered to pose for the photos, and felt “kind of weird” in doing so.

It’s called a “conscience.” Try listening to it sometime.

“I was instructed by persons in higher rank to stand there and hold this leash and look at the camera,” she said.
“To all of us who have been charged, we all agree that we don’t feel like we were doing things that we weren’t supposed to, because we were told to do them. We think everything was justified, because we were instructed to do this and to do that,” England said.

You were only following orders … how original. Ah, the Nuremberg Defense. Works like a charm, that one.

She told KCNC she was looking forward to having her baby and hopefully one day putting the abuse scandal behind her.

You’ll have your baby, then you’ll spend a long term in Ft. Leavenworth, then you’ll be able to get acquainted with your grown child and start “putting it behind you.”

  1. I have 2 comments about this. I agree that it appears that what the Army Reservist from MD did was abominable. BUT,
    1.) until you walk in another man’s (woman’s) shoes be careful about casting stones.
    2) Following orders – no – that’s not an excuse as far as you or I are concerned – but if it’s true that she was ordered to do it then she did what she had signed up to do. I spent nine years in the military and you do what your told and if you want to question that, well you just better be careful.

  2. Liz,
    I’m not casting unwarranted stones here. I spent nine years on active duty myself, and I don’t need to walk in Pfc. England’s shoes to know that what she did was wrong. If your “other-peoples-shoes” rule was true, we’d never be able to hold anyone responsible for anything.
    The total ridiculousness of the “I-was-only-following-orders” copout was drilled into everyone very early on. It’s a basic part of the training on the laws of war and the Geneva Conventions. Unthinking obedience is not what England signed up for; nobody enlists to carry out illegal orders.
    Everybody in our military knows that we have a duty do disobey illegal orders. Pfc. England says she was told to do things that anyone with a functioning conscience would object to. Such orders are blatantly illegal. That she carried out these alleged orders is a grave moral failing on her part, and she deserves to be punished severely.
    In the military, you don’t robotically do everything you’re told, and you know it.

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