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Sonik 1 Upasana Sonik Global 110 Lezra June 5, 2009 Abuse at Abu Ghraib: Ethical or Not? Recently our country has faced many questions about our ethics behind our military tactics . Ever since the pictures of the abuse done at Abu Ghraib became public everyone began asking what ethics are we following to allow something like this to happen? These photographs have shaken and haunted our society and are asking us to be witnesses to this atrocity . Pictures of violent historical events have had a presence in our societies for a very long time . Without the pictures Hiroshima, Holocaust, 9/11 and Abu Ghraib, many people would not know the extent to which violence is used . These pictures inform our societies about the violence and problems behind these events . Pictures are used as means to exploit the vicious atrocities that have occurred and to show them as they really are . The pictures of Abu Ghraib’s prisoners being tortured and brutalized make the views question whether the actions of our armed forces are justified or not . Everyone has a different opinion on whether those actions are justified or not . Susan Sontag believes that “there is no unitary truth in such images,” whereas, Page DuBois
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Sonik 2 considers “unitary truth” merely as means to justify violence . In addition, Burleigh Wilkins provides certain incidents in which violence is justified in his article . All the people that were arrested by U . S . officials and put in prison at Abu Ghraib were thought to be terrorists or related to terrorist attacks aimed at the United States . However, as stated in Mark Danner’s article Torture and Truth ¸ “military officials told the ICRC that about 70 to 90 percent people arrested was by mistake” (Danner, 3) . Once I read this article, even I began questioning the ethics behind our tactics of gathering prisoners . If after just reading a simple sentence as the above mentioned, I began questioning, then of course our societies will question the officials after viewing the pictures of Abu Ghraib . As mentioned above, Sontag believes that pictures do not carry unitary truth, therefore, a person cannot find just “one” truth based on the pictures of Abu Ghraib . Thus, she does not raise the question of justification of torture and violence in her article . “Conscripted as part of journalism, images were expected to arrest attention, startle, surprise” (Sontag, 23) . This exemplifies what pictures are meant to do and do only that . Sontag’s belief is that pictures are not meant to inform the viewers of the truth, but to just catch their attention in way that makes
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