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Lynndie England isn't Sorry about Abu Ghraib

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Since when did apologizing become so politicized? First Rick Santorum condemns apologies and now this sadist?

The young soldier who became the face of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal is unapologetic about her actions nearly eight years after the damaging images surfaced.

At the height of the Iraq war, photographs depicting Lynndie England and a group of fellow soldiers torturing, taunting and demoralizing Iraqi prisoners were leaked to the press setting off a worldwide political firestorm. The photos were extremely graphic, showing England and others smiling behind piles of naked, blindfolded prisoners. Other images showed Iraqis being intimidated with vicious dogs or prisoners themselves being forced to wear dog leashes around their necks.

Predictably, the revelation that these abuses were going on at an American controlled prison did grave harm to the peacekeeping mission in Bagdhad. Photos of England and her cohorts sparked retaliatory beheadings and calls from around the globe for the resignation of then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

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In the wake of the scandal, England was dishonorably discharged from military service for the abuses and convicted on multiple criminal counts including conspiracy, maltreating detainees and committing an indecent act.

You would think that after eight years of reflection and some time behind bars, Lynndie England might be more circumspect about the humanitarian fiasco. You would be wrong.

The 28-year-old England claimed in a recent interview that she would never apologize to her victims because saying sorry to the prisoners of Abu Ghraib would be like, "saying sorry to the enemy."

Since emerging from her three-year sentence (of which she served half), England has struggled to find gainful employment. She claims that she focuses most of her time on her young son, Carter, according to the Daily Mail. Carter was born of an illicit affair between England and Charles Graner, another key figure in the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal.

England claims that Graner has no interest in being a father to their son.

"You could say I did love Graner," said England. "Now I can't stand the thought of him."

She currently resides in her home town in West Virginia.