On the publication of photos that depict US soldiers posing with body parts of Afghan insurgents:
Look, let’s start by stipulating that nobody should treat the body of a dead person with disrespect.
However, this is a strange case because the victims themselves — suicide attackers — are people who did not treat their own bodies with respect. They deliberately destroy their own bodies and turn themselves into body parts.
So here we have soldier — soldiers in the stress of war abusing what is left of the suicide attackers. I find it slightly different from [a case in which] they had been abusing the body of those who died in combat or who died accidentally.
It doesn’t excuse them, but I think there is a disconnect here, because suicide attackers are the most criminal of all the war criminals, abusing all the laws of war and, generally, sneak-attacking helpless and unaware civilians.