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17 août 2004

La conscience de Joe Darby

J'apprécie les repérages hétéroclites de Metafilter. J'y rôde de plus en plus souvent.

Hier, Metafilter signalait un article de Will S. Hyton rédigé pour le magazine GQ à propos des évènements de Abou Gharib. Ce récit fort détaillé, presque romancé, adopte pour point de vue, la petite communauté du Somerset County dont sont issus Lynndie England, Jeremy Sivits, mais aussi Joe Darby, l'homme qui a divulgué les images du scandale de Abou Gharib. Bernadette, l'épouse de Joe Darby constitue le centre de cette histoire intitulée : "The conscience of Joe Darby". Grâce à elle, l'auteur rapporte le monstrueux à une échelle simplement humaine.

Voici un petit extrait de ce long texte :

"Today the poverty in places like Somerset County, Pennsylvania, where Joe Darby was born and most of his family still lives, is far worse than the national average, with unemployment a third higher. Perhaps more important, the jobs that can be found are often harder on families than the mines ever were. If it was tough to send a young husband into twelve hours of darkness for a paycheck, it must be even harder to ship him off for weeks at a time behind the wheel of a big rig or months on end doing a stint in the service. And yet for many families in this part of the country?for guys like Joe Darby?few other options exist. Long good-byes have become a part of the rhythm of life.

It was no coincidence that Joe lived only a short drive from many of the men and women in those photos from Abu Ghraib. It was no coincidence that he knew Lynndie England and Jeremy Sivits, who lived just a few miles from his house. They were in his local unit, the 372nd Military Police Battalion. They trained together, deployed together, lived together on assignments, and when they finally came home on leave, passing through the streets of their small towns in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, the flags and banners that hung from storefront windows were there for all of them.

Outside these communities, in most of America, the pictures from Abu Ghraib met with instant outrage and contempt, and Joe Darby became a hero.[-]. But in his own hometown, [-] Joe Darby's decision didn't make him honorable; it made him a traitor.
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Late one night, he slipped a copy of the disc under the door of the army's Criminal Investigation Division. It was an act of conscience unobstructed, one of the most dangerous things in the world."

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