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Outrage: German Soldiers Posed With A Skull

From the DNC’s Associated Press, by way of those defenders of human dignity at CNN:

Skull scandal ‘disgusts’ Germany

October 25, 2006

BERLIN, German (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed disgust Wednesday at photos that appeared to show German troops in Afghanistan posing with a human skull and pledged that any soldiers found to be involved would be punished severely.

The macabre pictures were printed Wednesday by Germany’s biggest-selling daily, Bild, which said they showed German peacekeepers near the capital, Kabul, in early 2003.

The uniformed men were seen holding up the skull and posing with it on a jeep; one is seen exposing himself with the skull. Bild’s headline declared: "German soldiers desecrate a dead person."

The newspaper said it was unclear where the skull came from, but cited an unidentified serviceman as saying it may have come from a suspected "mass grave" outside Kabul.

Bild, which would not identify the source of the photos, said it was unclear whether the skull belonged to an Afghan or dated back to the Soviet occupation in the 1980s.

"We all saw pictures today that are shocking, that are repugnant and that can be excused by nothing," Merkel said during a speech in Berlin. "The government will investigate the soldiers who play a role and act with full severity."

Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung earlier told reporters that "we are conducting the investigation at full steam." If the incident is confirmed, he added, those involved will face "disciplinary or even criminal measures."

"Anyone who behaves this way has no place in the Bundeswehr," the German military, Jung said.

Military chief of staff Gen. Wolfgang Schneiderhan said two possible suspects had been identified and were being questioned. One of them is still with the Bundeswehr and the other has left the army, he said…

Of course neither CNN nor the rest of the scores of media outlets covering this outrage dared to reprint the actual photo. (The photo above is from the one exception, Germany’s Der Spiegel.) They don’t want to offend anyone.

But where was the world’s outrage at CNN’s sniper videos?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 25th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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