The following “editorial summary”:
The tactics used by the U.S. military against Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib were neither effective for the stated goal of obtaining actionable intelligence, nor were they legal by prevailing international or even domestic standards.
These tactics were however, quite effective in terms of the unstated goal of inspiring a true hatred for U.S. troops amongst the Iraqi populace and fueling the then fledgling insurgency within Iraq.
Many, if not most of these detainees were innocent of any wrongdoing and were simply swept up, confined and questioned in a random search for information regarding the locations of weapons caches or insurgent activities. As if this weren’t injustice enough, “trouble makers” were then further segregated, tortured and sexually humiliated.
There is simply no excuse for torture in any form, nor for continuing the support for a war of occupation and military aggression against a civilian population.
Sometimes no Peace
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