U.S. soldiers guarding the entrance of Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison on the outskirts of Baghdad (Reuters)
This is the difference between one civilization and the other in the ongoing clash of civilizations: one punishes such behavior, while the other celebrates it (cf. the Fallujah mutilations, the glorification of suicide bombers in Palestinian areas, etc.). From Reuters, with thanks to Paul Knowsley:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House denounced abuse by U.S. troops of Iraqi prisoners as “despicable” and called for disciplinary action against those responsible on Friday after photographs depicting the acts were published and broadcast around the world.
The photos showed U.S. troops smiling, posing, laughing or giving the thumbs-up sign as naked, male Iraqi prisoners were stacked in a pyramid or positioned to simulate sex acts with one another.
“We cannot tolerate it and the military is taking strong action against the individuals responsible for these despicable acts,” White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.