Abu Ghraib: a challenge to our faith

King, Doug
March 2004
Network News;Spring2004, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p4
As people of faith, one recognizes that there are theological issues here that cry out for attention. The blame game is well under way. It's being said that soldiers and Military Police were ill-prepared for the tasks assigned to them. Or they were afraid, or they just didn't recognize "the enemy" as human beings. They were just acting under orders from the intelligence personnel. Finally, the U.S. government seems to have seized upon the terrible acts of September 11, 2001 as a grand political tool to inspire fear in the American people. The fear has justified many actions and policies that would probably have been rejected otherwise. So if the guards in Abu Ghraib have indeed been motivated by fear, they're just responding as one has all been taught over the past couple years. In a culture of anxiety and a world divided into good and evil, the actions of the guards make perfect sense. The U.S. government has operated with blithe disregard for the delicate system of rules and agreements that have been developed over the past few decades as a way to keep the world from destroying itself.


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