Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Lynndie England STILL refuses to apologize for abuse of Iraqi soldiers at Abu Ghraib

Lynndie England, the female soldier who became the subject of international vitriol after she was photographed abusing Iraqi prisoners, is still refusing to apologise for her appalling actions.

In an interview eight years after the images surfaced, the 28-year-old from West Virginia has claimed saying sorry to the victims of her ridicule would be 'like saying sorry to the enemy'.

The photographs showed England and a handful of fellow soldiers taunting Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, tying dog leashes around their necks and grinning behind a pile of naked bodies.

The images sparked retaliatory beheadings, brought shame on the U.S. and led to calls for the resignation of White House bigwigs, including then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

But speaking from her parents' hometown of Fort Ahsby, West Virginia, where she now lives with her seven-year-old son, England showed no remorse towards her victims.

'Their lives are better,' she told The Daily. 'They got the better end of the deal. They weren’t innocent. They’re trying to kill us, and you want me to apologise to them? It’s like saying sorry to the enemy.'

Her interview comes days after U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales allegedly massacred women and children in Afghanistan - a reminder of the stain Abu Ghraib left on the U.S. military effort. Read More