- Category: Imperialism & War
- Created on Wednesday, 18 April 2012 10:21
- Written by Mike Ely
It has happened again: U.S. troops smirking as they disrepect the dead. It happened in Abu Ghraib, in Iraq. It happened when U.S. prison guards burned the Koran in their horrific prison complex. It happened when commandos photographed themselves urinating on dead Afghanis. It has now come out (in photos published in the Los Angeles Times.)
The High Command can do "damage control" over and over. They can announce that this is not what they stand for. But it is a lie.
When an empire occupies and brutalizes a country -- its troops inevitably see themselves as the conquerors and enemies of the people. They are not there to "help" or "save" or "liberate" anyone -- they are there to crush resistance among a people who want them gone. And that viciousness escalates when, as in Afghanistan today, the invader is losing -- and the generalized opposition among the people becomes more and more brazen.
The rhetoric of the U.S. government and all that counterinsurgency language of the field commanders -- it is all simply disproved by the sick disrespect their soldiers show for Afghanistan's people, over and over and over....
Now, naturally, the U.S. military has condemned the Los Angeles Times for publishing these pictures: The real problem (to them) is not the attitude of conquerors, it is the inconvenient documentation of it.