“I guess after the picture came out the insurgency picked up and Iraqis attacked the Americans and the British and they attacked in return and they were just killing each other. I felt bad about it … no, I felt pissed off. If the media hadn’t exposed the pictures to that extent, then thousands of lives would have been saved.”
– Former Abu Ghraib prison guard Lynndie England, digging herself an even deeper hole.
What’s truly sad here is that she doesn’t realize how she’s actually saying that her own actions caused the deaths of thousands. She just doesn’t get that it’s the media’s duty to illuminate the dark corners and expose atrocities like Abu Ghraib. What Lynndie and her cohorts did was not only newsworthy, it had to see the light of day so nothing like it would ever happen again.
What’s more, when she says “to the extent” it betrays an ignorance of how the world works. I suppose she thinks things would have been better had the media just shown a dozen handpicked photos the military deemed appropriate instead of the entire batch?
And as I’m sure Lynndie knows, there are more photos out there that show far worse. There’s also video. Have you seen them splashed all over the media? No. Why? Because the story has already been broken and they understand that highlighting them would only throw more gas on the fire.
For her own sake, I hope Lynndie stops talking to the media. She does herself no favors with comments like these.