So the first U.S. soldier to be tried for torturing Iraqi prisoners has been sentenced. I must confess that the sentence seems light punishment for what he was convicted of doing. It seems, however, that he will be a witness for the prosecution in the trials of some of the soldiers who are accused of more serious crimes. I hope this man understands what he did wrong.
It would make such trials more credible if the U.S. military allowed human rights monitors access to the courtroom. If members of the news media are allowed to view the trials, why can't representatives of groups such as Human Rights Watch or Amnesty International? The U.S. will continue to be regarded as arrogant for as long as it acts as if it is above the scrutiny of international organizations.