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Losing our "moral" authority

I saw this story a few days ago, but I was waiting for the MSM to pick it up (lazily allowing them to do the legwork). The Associated Press reported this yesterday:
The Army is investigating complaints that soldiers posted photographs of Iraqi corpses on an Internet site in exchange for access to pornographic images on the site, officials said Tuesday. > more
A desensitization toward humanity, one of the consequences of life in a war zone, breeds all sorts of depravity. The administration and Pentagon tried to convince us that the instances of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib was an isolated case of "a few bad apples." There have been many reports of other instances from organizations and new agencies outside the U.S. (out from under the thumb of this media-oppressive administration), but too little coverage in U.S. mainstream media. This latest report is one more indication that we, as a nation, have lost our "moral" authority, the very thing we use to justify imposing our "values" — in reality, our will — on other sovereign nations. Stories and reports like these reinforce the perception of the West as a depraved threat to the Islamic way of life and add fuel to the fire of Islamic fundamentalism. For all our effort to spread "freedom" to a region we find oppressive, we shoot ourselves in the foot (or more like blow our leg off) with our actions. Actions speak much louder than words. This latest story saddens more than outrages me. It's disgusting behavior. Yet, if we consider what environment and circumstances we've put young men (and women) into, can we really be surprised by such depravity? For all their talk at the Pentagon about how this is unacceptable, it's my humble opinion that an environment of unbridled arrogance and contempt for the proverbial "them" (i.e. "us vs. them") has created a culture that treats "them" as less than human. That leads to a depraved since of right and wrong when it comes to handling "them." This latest report is just further evidence of that.

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