This story details the sentencing of a U.S. soldier for shooting an unarmed Iraqi teenager.

In our culture, people sometimes do horrific things. We punish them for it. Just like the soldiers in the Abu Ghraib scandal are being punished.

Some cultures not only don’t punish those who carry out horrific acts, but they celebrate them. This is important to note for those relativists out there who blur the differences between our culture and others.

Ted Kennedy said this after the Abu Ghraib scandal broke:

Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam’s torture chambers reopened under new management — U.S. management.

For Americans, atrocities like Abu Ghraib and cilivilian deaths are the exception, not the rule. We should be proud of that instead of pretending that we’re no better than monsters like Saddam Hussein.