Tuesday, May 04, 2004

The number of lessons from the Iraq torture pictures are legion.

One is that in keeping people in detention in secret and without proper humanitarian access any sort of story false or otherwise can gain credibility. The foolishness of the 'Camp Delta' mindest is almost beyond belief.

But the real obscenity here is war and the psychological underpinning of war - the treament of another human being as an object is simply an extension of the treatment of people as legitimate targets, not as individuals. A veteran in last nights D-Day TV programme talked about the psychological trick of shooting at uniforms not at 'people'. Precisely.

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