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Robert Fisk: From Bloody Sunday to Afghanistan, war is hell

Robert Fisk

Published 13/01/2012 | 05:00

Civil rights
protesters led
by Fr Edward
Daly waving a
bloodstained
hankie recover
the body of
Jackie Duddy in
Derry during
Bloody Sunday
Civil rights protesters led by Fr Edward Daly waving a bloodstained hankie recover the body of Jackie Duddy in Derry during Bloody Sunday

SO now it's snapshots of US Marines pissing on the Afghan dead. Better, I suppose, than the US soldiers pictured beside the innocent Afghan teenager they fragged back in March of last year. Or the female guard posing with the dead Iraqi prisoner at Abu Ghraib.

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Not to mention Haditha or the murder videos taken by US troops in the field -- the grenading of an old shepherd by an Iraqi highway comes to mind -- or My Lai or the massacre of refugees by US forces in Korea or the murder of Malayan villagers by British troops. Or the Bloody Sunday massacre of 14 Catholics by British troops in Derry in 1972. And please note, I have not even mentioned the name of Baha Mousa.

The US Marines' response to the pissing pictures was oh so typical. These men were not abiding by the "core values" of the Marines, we were informed. Same old story. A "rogue" unit, a few "bad apples", rotten eggs. Maybe. But if there is one game of pissing on the dead, how many others happened without pictures? How many other shepherds got fragged in Iraq? How many other Hadithas have there been? There were plenty of other My Lais.

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