Private England Goes to Jail
Lynndie England is headed for jail for her abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Displaying enlarged photos of the abuse, the prosecution emphasized “What soldier wouldn’t know that that's illegal? …She is enjoying, she is participating, all for her own sick humor." Although England is one of the most infamous of the torturers, the Army reportedly has opened more than 400 inquiries into detainee abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan and punished 230 enlisted soldiers and officers.
I haven’t met a single American who is not sickened by what England and others like her did to those Iraqi prisoners and more generally to the cause of freedom in Iraq. The abuse undermined the moral arguments for why we were there. The convictions underscore the moral arguments for why we are different. I doubt the story of their punishment gets the worldwide coverage it deserves.