In a statement released by Colonel Thomas Collins, the US Army, which is currently preparing a court martial to try a total of 12 suspects in connection with the killings, apologized for the suffering the photos have caused. The actions depicted in the photos, the statement read, are "repugnant to us as human beings and contrary to the standards and values of the United States."Ever time "an atrocity" is committed in one of our wars, we get the same official response. I put the phrase in quotation marks because it is a kind of minimizing euphemism, a figure of speech that redirects the mind by way of false perspective. The atrocities are our wars; these horrors merely their constituent parts. "The actions depicted in the photos" are gruesome to be sure, but no more gruesome than the airstrikes carried out every single day. The sin is a sin against decorum, a failure of form. When you have mutilated a village, you must don a sober tie and American flag lapel pin and announce to the teevee that you deeply regret the loss of civilian life, or, better yet, deny that anyone was killed but the Lord of Hell and his demonic disciples themselves, although of course you will direct the committee to form a board to order an inquiry into the nature of the investigation of the allegations of the accusations. The crime is not killing an Afghan but posing tastelessly with the corpse. The soldiers are being court-martialed for wearing white shoes before Memorial Day.
The suspected perpetrators are part of a group of US soldiers accused of several killings. Their court martials are expected to start soon. The photos, the army statement said, stand "in stark contrast to the discipline, professionalism and respect that have characterized our soldiers' performance during nearly 10 years of sustained operations."
As usual, the spokescreatures confirm as much. "'The images have an enormous potential here in Afghanistan,' one NATO general told SPIEGEL ONLINE." The images. Ohmigod how will the Afghans react when they find out what we are doing to them?