Wednesday, September 28, 2005

U. S. Soldiers Get Porn in Exchange for Photos of Dead Iraqis

[WARNING! This post contains disturbing content.]

Pornography has always been about violence. This was underscored this week by the revelation that a small number of U. S. Soldiers have apparently been getting free access to a pornography web site in exchange for photos featuring dead and dismembered Iraqis. One photo on the site (which I'm not going to post the URL to since it is an anti-woman, anti-human website) features six U. S. soldiers grinning and standing or kneeling in front of a burned corpse. The photo is subtitled, "Cooked Iraqi." Other photos include an Iraqi sitting in a car minus his head.

Though the BBC, the New York Times, and others have reported on this, it still has not been completely verified that the photos are either real or actually posted by soldiers. The website, dedicated to homemade porn posted by users, claims that one third of its clientele is from the U. S. military. Numerically, that would be 50,000 soldiers, according the East Bay Express.

All I can say is, I wish Andrea Dworkin hadn't died this year. I'd love to hear what she'd have to say about this congruence of pornography, technology, and war, a veritable "perfect storm" of inhumanity.

The war should not have been fought. The young men fighting it are being damaged by what they see, and what they participate in. The American government's attempts at pristine war, that is, a PR campaign designed to hide these bodies (in fact, to hide the American bodies in their flag-draped coffins as well!), may or may not work. But the social consequences both short and long term are unavoidable.

Pornography is war, a war against women and thus against all of us. And war is pornography, a pornography celebrating societal rape every bit as much as pornography celebrates the violent possession of its victim.

3 comments:

bruce said...

This truly sad. That some of our troops have stooped to this level. It is wrong and the military should look into it. Bruce

Madame Butterfly said...

First of all, if soldiers are truly committing this crime, the UCMJ would take over. The soldiers would receive appropriate punishments pending a military trial. Yes, we in the military actually do investigate crimes, charge soldiers, and punish them accordingly. I know, you guys probably have a hard time believing it.

Having said that...perhaps instead of your circular reporting, which has no value, and does nothing but perpetuate the liberal left's agenda of demoralizing our soldiers AND our society, perhaps you could do some of your own investigating. Sites like yours are not fruitful in any shape or form. It's a shame idiots read your site and buy this garbage.

I'm thrilled I spent 13 years of my life, and my husband spent 21 of his, defending this country so people like you can use your First Amendment rights to conduct your own attrocities.

Matt Stone said...

War truely brings out the worst in people.