AL Jazeera published information that was leaked from the Pentagon by somebody to somebody, about 400 000 documents that detail atrocities perpetrated by the European forces during the war in Iraq. These revelations make for depressing reading.
In wars normally the supreme victim is the truth and in the words of legal expert Jonathan Goldberg, during the war all laws are silent.
For many of us who are products of the British and American academic institutions and to an extent political systems, we would want to believe even amidst doubts, that even though they may have made mistakes, what the Americans did must have been based on honourable motives. But this time around it seems very difficult to rationalise any of the atrocities if the revelations have basis in truth.
What was even more disheartening is the revelation that the American troops were under strict instructions not to investigate atrocities committed by the Iraqi security forces.