Lynndie England, seen worldwide in photographs that show her smiling and pointing at naked Iraqi prisoners, said she was ordered to pose and felt 'kind of weird' in doing so," reports ABC/AP (Photoshop montage of Lynndie England as Mona Lisa from our May 12 post).
"In no other period in memory than this -- even granted the exceptional political bitterness in the air -- have we seen so persistent an effort to deflect blame from the individuals actually guilty of perpetrating reprehensible acts, to others," writes Dorothy Rabinowitz in her Opinion Journal op ed re the cognoscenti's reflexive attempts a few months back to cast Lynndie England and her fellow torturers as the victims in the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal:
In our current moral accounting, apparently, the idea of individual guilt doesn't appear to count for much, certainly when it comes to the military. Workaday privates are the salt of the earth, at the mercy of the amoral men wearing brass -- so films and cartoons have instructed us for decades. That we are not, in the matter of Abu Ghraib, dealing with cartoons, seems to have been clear to at least one soldier of modest rank--Sgt. Joseph Darby of the 372nd -- when he downloaded the pictures and turned them in.
We have not heard the last of Abu Ghraib or its principals. It still remains to be seen whether those bent on portraying Pfc. England and her colleagues as victims, misled by superiors, will accord them the respect of judging them for what they were -- individuals who had at a certain time and place, obeyed the dictates of cruelty and sadism, imperatives that did not come to them from above -- rather than excusing them as creatures too lowly to know right from wrong.
Isn't this what leftists always do, use inarticulate folk as props in their fantasies of a persecuted underclass? Underneath it all is an utter contempt for the people their hearts bleed for. If they'd bothered to look beyond their own uplifted noses -- as we blogged here when the scandal broke in May -- they could have found where Lynndie was really coming from:
She faces a court martial, but at home she is toasted as a hero. Says a neighbour, "Tormenting Iraqis, in her mind, would be no different from shooting a turkey."