“Washington has always protested that the torture at the prison was an isolated incident,” the UK’s Daily Mail opines. “An aberration in its otherwise commendable respect for human rights and the fair treatment of those ‘liberated’ from oppressive regimes. Now, the publication of these photographs shatters that claim.” Really? “The killings in Afghanistan may indeed have been the work of a rogue unit and — unlike Abu Ghraib, where the abusers claimed they were acting under orders — not part of any official strategy but . . .
. . . this sort of brutality is increasingly seen by the Arab world as the way Western forces behave in their lands.”
“And as Britain and France join the U.S. war machine in Libya under the eyes of a suspicious world, the last thing that everyone — with the exception of al Qaeda, the Taliban and Colonel Gaddafi — needs is for these pictures to be broadcast around the world.”
Good job the Mail redacted the photos then. Oh wait.
Meanwhile, a military court has sentenced the first of five US soldiers charged with the civilian killings related to the photos. Army Specialist Jeremy Morlock, 23, of Wasilla, Alaska plead guilty to three counts of premeditated murder. The court sentenced Morlock to 24 years in prison