Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Army Apologizes for 'Repugnant' Photos

I have no idea how this whole story passed under my nose, but wow. This video is intense.

I don't even know what to say.


  1. These photos come from Der Spiegel? That makes sense given our freedom of the press :(

    As to the soldiers in question:
    I think some people become desensitized to violence and death when involved in prolonged combat like this. This units leadership should have removed them from combat way before any of this ever occurred.
    I remember reading Tiger Force, by Michael Sallah (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_Force) a few years ago. The situation is very similar here. Troops subjected to combat went rogue, and the resultant lack of leadership created a highly trained death squad that committed terrible atrocities.

    Interstinly enough, the government burried that story for 40 years as well. It seems we don't learn much as a nation.

  2. I've never heard of Tiger Force before. Crazy. And I think you're right. We tend to focus on the individual soldiers instead of the bigger issue of warfare and how it can cause psychological damage. Yeah we give it lip service every now and again, but it's definitely not part of our warfare narrative in this county.

  3. I loaned a friend A People's History Oof The United States: 1492 to Present (Howard Zinn) in exchange for Tiger Force.

    He didn't return my book but got his, the butthole.
    Tiger Force isn't a great read. It is, however, a very disturbing example of psychological breakdown due to stresses combat.


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