|Americans objected to photos of dead soldiers being made public. The Hussein brothers were not soldiers.
Technically speaking, they were military leaders. One of the brothers, if I recall correctly, was in charge of the training of the Iraqi elite forces. In my book, that makes him a soldier. President Bush is no longer in boots either, yet he is in every soldier's chain of command, and is every soldier's Commander in Chief. By virture of his office, he is also a soldier. He may fight from behind a desk, but he's still in the fight.
I agree with showing the pictures of the dead men. I'm sure it was a tough call. U.S leadership would be damned if they did and damned if they didn't. If the Iraqi people need to see those pictures in order for them to be able to move on in a productive manner, then the Iraqi people should see the pictures.
The brothers, in my opinion, are not subjected to the laws of warfare as they did not fight by the laws of warfare. They were criminals through and through. When the Iraqi leaders aired footage of American POWs they did so to humiliate those soldiers, and weaken the resolve of the coalition forces. There's nothing worse in the world to a soldier in combat than the fear of capture and torture.
The Hussein brother's were already dead. The object of airing their pictures was not to degrade and humiliate a nation, but to make it strong again. The proof is in the puddin'......
I would also like to add, that from this soldier's perspective, Bush rocks!
Just an IMO from a retired soldier.