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Saturday, May 01, 2004 | Pictures the World Was Never Meant to See
That's the way CrusadeNewsNetwork's Tucker Anderson put it, and poring over the US press on the subject of photos of Iraqis in the clutches of their brave American liberators, it crystallizes the prevailing view very nicely.
"Comes at such a bad time." "The Arab TV Channels will show them, and this will inflame the Arab world," "increase anti-American sentiment." Those who expect grief and horror in "the Arab world" to contain a note of surprise will be disappointed. As someone said, it will be at most, documentation of something that has been known in the Arab world and beyond for quite some time.
In the UK, fresh on the heels of photos of its own troops' interaction with Iraqis that the world was never meant to see, the BBC had a poll on its website: Should the photos be shown?
I don't remember whether they meant theirs or the US's, but it doesn't matter.
Criticism of the acts themselves was duly drafted and droned, with even Bush expressing "disgust," but the message was clear. It is not the fact that these acts took place, that they were apparently so tolerated and commonplace that these particular perpetrators felt comfortable posing for souvenir shots to send the folks back home, make 'em proud.
The lawyer for one of the soldiers immediately began a full-scale press offensive: his client did not know the terms of the Geneva convention, had to look it up on the internet.
The mother of another complained that her daughter was "not properly trained."
In other words, the US military puts guns in the hands of individuals who do not know that it is wrong to attach electrodes to peoples' fingers, to force them to strip naked, to simulate sexual acts. Human beings, bound and hooded, gagged, in a concrete cell with these exemplary products of American cutltural indoctrination.
Oh, yes, they were trained all right.
Pictures the world was never meant to see.
Very few people, and even less in the western mainstream press, expressed outrage that the US had invaded a sovereign nation, seized twenty thousand or so of its citizens, within the framework of a culture in which such acts are committed with grins and laughs, photographed. Fun! A little R & R! These were not pictures the world was meant to see, for heaven's sake. We need to get the job done, show our resolve, chorus the politicians. What we need, say the experts, the generals, the analysts, is more troops, more weapons, more cameras?
In its wisdom the US promptly installed the erstwhile boss of Camp X-Ray to take charge of the prison cum photo studio of Abu Ghraib. That should put a stop to this reckless photo-snapping.
One would-be pundit suddenly, after almost 3 years of the less photo-prolific concentration camp in Guantanamo Bay, and the "death in US custody" of a number of individuals seized in Afghanistan and Iraq, that with upwards of 150,000 of the photo models' colleauges deployed on foreign soil, and the US admitting to at least one or two captured, that this was a really bad thing these photos, because those Arabs are going to want to do the same to our boys!
As puerile, as airheaded as such thinking is, it nevertheless could have its uses.
Our boys, you say. And our girls. Think about it. Hood on head, electrodes, naked, fake-humping at gunpoint a stranger, a brother, cousin, in a starring role in some pictures the world was never meant to see.
What would be your reaction, O soccer mom sitting there in your dining room nook, enjoying the sun from your bay window glance off the Waterford, to see the man you love, the body you have kissed, taken in to yours, perhaps the father of your child, in such a pose?
For make no mistake, every one of those human beings, those living souls, my brothers and yours, every one was someone's husband, someone's father, someone's sweetheart, someone's son.
Someone in Iraq, if they are alive to do so, is sobbing - "That is HIS foot!."
The foot he or she kissed in infancy, tickled in play, grasped in passion, tugged out of bed, grabbed in a futile attempt to trip him up and get to the ball first, roll over each other, laughing, the foot someone tsk-tsked and bandaged when it stepped on a nail.
"That is HIS hand," cries another voice, the hand they held, that held them up, fed a morsel to a mouth, someone took that hand to their cheek, turned their head, kissed the palm. That hand provided food, provided comfort, stroked a child's head, hesitantly poked at a baby's diaper to see if it was wet or messy, measured against another hand to see whose was bigger, that hand, that man, all those men, are loved.
To somebody, to many many many somebodies, those pixelated tangled bodies are "Our Boys."
Actions like Sep 11 do not happen in a vaccuum.
Long before those hijackers ever stepped foot on the planes the damage
had been done. They were brainwashed with the same type of garbage
propaganda that is spewed from Fatwa's weblog.
Middle Eastern countries are so much more barbaric today and preAmercia than America can ever hope to be...America has only been around 230 years...who did you blame for everything before that Ductape? I am calling a Fatwa on your bullshit!
IMO - terrorist plain and simple. He is an Al queda operative who
should be put in a cage on gitmo Skinner
My favorite..."In Defense of Holocaust Deniers"
I always thought that "The Enemy Within" was just a metaphore for liberalism, that is, until I encountered Ductape Fatwa. He should be in an orange jumpsuit for sure.
peopleforchange.netductape is either a commie, al queda, or a deep cover mole
Tells you something about this asshole doesn't it. He's really serious.
I believe that DF is nothing but a Republican plant...
Ductape is a commie, a terrorist, and he drinks blood too. He drinks
Capitalist blood. He eats unborn babies too
Give me your address and I'll send you $20 and a thank-you note for taking your hatred elsewhere.
A terrorist with a sense of humor!
He ain't nuthin' but shit
inadequate, halfway house bullshit
You are a dumbass. Fuck you and your condescension about us "benighted sheeple." hamletta
Untruthful, damaging bullshit
no better than the neocons and no different than Timothy McVeigh
dailykos.coma turd in the punchbowl...if DF were Joe Hill he probably would have killed himself rather than get put to death.
A compost pile of fecundity
dailykos.comdespicable and literally mentally ill