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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Feeble Excuse

Lynndie England is pathetic. That she really thinks her behavior is excused by saying she was just following orders is an expression of the worst elements of the military. Since when do you abdicate all personal judgement of right and wrong and let yourself do something so painfully humiliating to another person in the name of your country?


  • Since you joined a military organization where you are required to kill other human beings. Since you are brain-washed into accepting all orders, 'cause questioning orders on the battlefield can lose lives.

    Do I think this was one of the cases where no questions should have been asked? No. I do think she should have questioned her superiors. OTOH, following orders is EXACTLY what she, and her team, were trained to do. I'm not saying that makes it okay for her to have done what she did. But I do believe the main fault lies up the chain of command with who issued those orders, and less with the people who were ordered to carry them out.

    If they did this of their own volition, however, then they are dumb & stupid.


    By Blogger Zhaneel, at 12:04 PM  

  • Technically it's not her argument; it's her lawyer's argument. It's not as though there's much else that could be said to present a defense.

    By Blogger mythago, at 9:09 PM  

  • Her statements were that she didn't think it was any biggere deal compared to what others were doing, which is just as outrageous. It's a huge deomnstration of social psychology, in action. Very scary.

    By Blogger Chris S, at 3:40 PM  

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