Letters: Jun. 7, 2004

Iraq: How Did It Come to This?

The cold and inhuman acts of abuse committed at the Abu Ghraib prison are, sadly, the first signs of the decline of a great power. CLAUDIA ESLAVA Miami

As a former u.s. soldier who served in Iraq, I am ashamed of the abuse inflicted on Abu Ghraib prisoners by American troops [May 17]. The actions shown in the photographs were deliberate, and the soldiers' excuse that they were simply following orders is absurd. Every U.S. service member has the right to decline an order that is morally wrong. All the proper training in the...

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