The documentary “Standard Operating Procedures” is a powerful and thought-provoking documentary that takes a look at the Abu Ghraib prison scandal during the Iraqi War. It attempts to show how in a lot of ways the soldiers who were condemned for their acts were innocent; that the real problem is the fact that the people in higher positions were not in trouble at all. It really brings out how destructive and confusing war can be. It is also extremely embarrassing to watch; to know that American soldiers committed these terrible acts makes me feel pretty ashamed. As I was watching, I was struck by how the horrors of war being shown highlighted the need for peacebuilders and humanitarian aid workers. Another alternative is needed, and for me it once again validated the work that Dan Terry was doing.
One way we can continue to to do this is to support interaction and change abroad through political means first. We also need to put pressure on our government to change the way the military is structured, so that it can be held accountable for when it messes up.
View the trailer for the documentary here.