From The Herald http://www.theherald.co.uk/
The skinny young man wearing an Ellesse t-shirt has been forced to his knees. His eyes, together with much of the lower part of this face, are covered by a broad,, bandage-like blindfold. An American soldier in full battle dress is forcibly writing a “code number” on his forehead.
This photograph is not one of the iconic images of the Iraq war – there are too many ghoulish torture shots for it to compete in that particular hall of horrors.
But like the pictures of abused prisoners in Abu Ghraib, it tells a complex story of what happens when one side of a conflict views the other as sub-human. The young man marked like a side of beef was a citizen of Haditha, 140 miles north west of Baghdad. He is being humiliated during a routine “mop up” operation during which hundreds of marines descended on the town