There is no excuse for the abuses at Abu Ghraib. The individual soldiers involved ought to feel ashamed, as should our military and our nation.
Maybe it's just me, but did I miss a similar storm of moral outrage from the Arab world over the pious Islamists who got out their video cameras to record the gruesome beheadings of Daniel Pearl and Nicholas Berg?
In a now infamous 1971 psychological experiment at Stanford University, in which one randomly selected group of students was permitted to play the role of "guards" over another group of "inmates," abuses began almost immediately, and at one point involved forcing inmates into sexually humiliating role-playing.
Donald Rumsfeld's long initial silence ... reveals him to be astonishingly tone-deaf, or worse. Maybe he simply wasn't shocked.
Lessons of Abu Ghraib, by Mark Bowden | The Atlantic | July/August 2004