Why? To make a few quid from a crappy tabloid? These idiots further endangered the lives of every coalition soldier and civilian working in the region. Can anyone with military service offer an opinion as to why a soldier would do this? I just don't understand...
They went to the paper, said "we can tell you about shit that happened", The Mirror says "nuh uh, it won't fly without pictures", voila. It was fucking stupid of them to fake pictures, but right now the paper has five different soldiers from five different sources saying that shit happened, so even minus these poorly-done forgeries there's still cause for concern. Sadly that's been lost thanks to this idiocy, and all the pro-war hawks can use it as an excuse to pretend there's no problems whatsoever.
Once upon a time in China, some believe, around the year one double-ought three, head priest of the White Lotus Clan, Pai Mei was walking down the road, contemplating whatever it is that a man of Pai Mei's infinite power contemplates - which is another way of saying "who knows" - when a Shaolin monk appeared, traveling in the opposite direction. As the monk and the priest crossed paths, Pai Mei, in a practically unfathomable display of generosity, gave the monk the slightest of nods. The nod was not returned. Now was it the intention of the Shaolin monk to insult Pai Mei or did he just fail to see the generous social gesture? The motives of the monk remain unknown. What is known, are the consequences. The next morning Pai Mei appeared at the Shaolin Temple and demanded of the Temple's head abbot that he offer Pai Mei his neck to repay the insult. The Abbot at first tried to console Pai Mei, only to find Pai Mei was inconsolable. So began the massacre of the Shaolin Temple and all 60 of the monks inside at the fists of the White Lotus. And so began the legend of Pai Mei's five point palm exploding heart technique.
Well, of course this shit goes on. We'd be foolish to think we're any more disciplined than the US army. I really want to know if money changed hands over this. The perpetrators are allegedly serving soldiers. Surely they should appreciate the implications and possible consequences (for their colleagues) more than anyone. Any value their may have been in highlighting prisoner abuse (by the British Army) has been lost due to this bullshit.
Originally posted by The ThrillThe Boston Globe also got struck with fakery...except they got duped into running Hungarian porn pics!(The Guardian)
To be fair, they were provided those photos by a Boston City Council member whose previous claim was calling the Patriots coach a racist for not playing the greatest quarterback in the history of football (Michael Bishop) in order to play some talentless white boy (Tom Brady). So, the Globe knew it was a very credible source providing the porn, umm, sources.
(edited by redsoxnation on 15.5.04 1212) These are desperate times. And desperate times call for desperate measures. Thus, its time to break out the Cubs/White Sox/Red Sox call to put the Kaiser back on the throne.
I'm willing to let this go on, but... I don't think anybody's "screaming and hollering" just yet, so maybe we could stop exaggerating and stick to (some version of) the facts if we want to continue the discussion.