Thursday, January 20, 2005

Homegrown Shame

Having harped on about American abuses, it would be richly hypocritical of me not to flag up the current furore gripping the British Army.

The authorities claim that the situation was dealt with promptly and fully. It is too early to pass judgement on that claim but here's hoping this is correct. Certainly at this stage there seems to be no reason to believe that abuses were the result of high policy. That said, given that outposts like Diego Garcia have been made available for prisoner detention by the UK government, we are arguably complicit in any officially sanctioned prisoner abuse (if officially sanctioned abuse there be) carried out by the US anyway.

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