February 15, 2006
More Graphic Abu Ghraib Images: Moral Idiots who Equivocate and Hypocrites in the Media
Be prepared for new Abu Ghraib images. I've seen them all. They are much worse than the ones you've already seen. I can also tell you that some of the images being shown by Australian media and then re-broadcast by Arab media of dead Iraqis who have been shot in the head and which are being reported as 'Abu Ghraib photos' are hoaxes. UPDATE: If you must see the most recent photos from Abu Ghraib, here they are.
For any one who equivocates between American troops and Saddam Hussein, I'd suggest that you are uniquivocally an idiot. Yes, Abu Ghraib was very bad indeed. However, the Abu Ghraib abuses were discovered by U.S. troops and were being investigated before any photos were ever leaked to the press.
For instance, from al Reuters:
"This is truly American ugliness that no other country in the world can compete with," journalist Saleh al-Humaidi told Reuters in Yemen.Truly amazing how stupid people are. But I guess if you already believe the U.S. is evil than any evidence will be taken as proof of our ill intentions.
"The Americans ought to apologise to mankind for their government's lie to the world that it is fighting for freedom and that it came to Iraq to save it from Saddam Hussein's oppression," he said.
Further, the abuses that occured have led to a series of convictions against those who participated. More than 25 at last count. Abu Ghraib is not, as is asserted by Andrew Sullivan, a reflection on President Bush and only fools would equivocate between the unauthorized crimal act and the officially sanctioned act. Andrew Sullivan is one such fool.
As bad as these images are, they pale next to the genuine torture and murder committed by the Saddam Hussein regime. Don't believe me? Check out these images captured from the Hussein regimes' decades of institutionalized mass murder and torture. They include images of prisoners being thrown off roofs, their hands and tongues being cut out, their arms being broken, and of them being blown up as a method of execution.
Even the most enlightened and peaceful nations on earth have their share of sadists. Both Iran and the Netherlands have had citizens murdered because they appeared to utter or publish blasphemous things. What differentiates the two is that in Iran it is official state policy to execute blasphemers while in the Netherlands the man who killed Theo Van Gogh is treated as a criminal.
The U.S. condemns acts of torture and prosecutes those who engage in these barbaric acts, while the Baathist state of Saddam Hussein had an official policy of torture and rewarded those who engaged in cruelty. To not understand the distinction is to be utterly moronic and morally confused. Unfortunately, the world has its fair share of morally confused idiots.
Sistah Todjah finds that WaPo is ready and willing to publish photos which they know will bolster the terrorist insurgency in Iraq, yet were unwilling to publish the Muhammed cartoons for fear of offending. The insurgents fight us because they believe we are evil and many Muslims are convinced that America is essentially the same as their own dicatatorial regimes...thank you WaPo for confirming their deepest suspicions.
Inserted update: Why the Abu Ghraib photos, but not the Mohammed Cartoons? Excellent question. ANSWER.
More from Dread Pudit Bluto, LGF, Caerdroia, Tim Blair, Fraters Libertas , In the Bullpen, Ace of Spades HQ, and Stop the ACLU who notice that it's not just WaPo who refused to print the Muhammed cartoons 'because they are offensive', but are showing these disgusting photos. I'm more than an little offended that they are publishing these photos. Perhaps if we rioted it would affect some change?
An Australian television station broadcast on Wednesday what it said were previously unpublished images of abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, fuelling more Arab anger against the United States.I saw this from Church and State. I'll disagree. While the last Abu Ghraib photos that came out were abusive, they weren't torture. These are.
The Special Broadcasting Service's "Dateline" current affairs programme said the images were recorded at the same time as the now-infamous pictures of U.S. soldiers abusing Abu Ghraib detainees which sparked international outrage in 2004.
Some of the newly broadcast pictures suggest further abuse such as killing, torture and sexual humiliation, Dateline said.