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Wednesday, May 05, 2004 | TortureGate Tarantella in Brief
As soon as it became clear that attempts to keep photos illustratinig treatment of seized Iraqi nationals out of the US mainstream media had proved unsuccessful, Washington went into overdrive.
Bush said he was disgusted. Secretary of State Colin Powell pointed out that Iraqis do not understand what the US is doing, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld explained that while he found the photos unhelpful and was stunned, alleging abuse is one of the things terrorists do.
Several members of Congress expressed outrage that they had not seen the photos before CBS, after sitting on the pics for two weeks finally told the White House that they could no longer honor the US government's request to keep them secret because May Sweeps was almost upon us.
The military let it be known that 6 soldiers had been reprimanded and a seventh one had been admonished, and the boss of the Guantanamo concentration camp, from which photos do not emerge, was put in charge of Abu Ghraib. He promptly announced some visible cosmetic changes, and invited the media in to hear the caged women scream as he apologized.
Coming as it did on the heels of the annual fundraiser for US gunmen both foreign and domestic, this year known as the "9-11 Commission," it is no surprise that many viewed Torturegate as a terrific opportunity to call for an even larger number of gunmen to be sent to Iraq, and the regime obligingly announced that the forces would be increased.
It is an election year in the US, and America's taller choice for crusade chief, John Kerry, wasted no time in courageously declaring himself both disturbed AND troubled.
Someone somewhere in Washington decided that the definitive solution was to have Bush magnanimously grant ten minute interviews to the US's own propaganda network, and Al-Arabiya. An Al Jazeera cameraman told his story of being seized and tortured by US troops yesterday, so they missed out on the opportunity to have bush in their studios today to assert that the Iraqi people have to understand that the US is not going to leave.
For its part, the Majority World duly pounded out the requisite rants of outrage, what the US likes to call "fiery rhetoric" that failed to soar above a universal leitmotif of "well, DUH."
While Torturegate may be a revelation to the quaffers of designer water and SUVLUVers of American affluentia, it is not exactly news to the millions around the world with a multi-generational first-hand knowledge of just what it means when one's ancient land is chosen by the Golden Corporate Sword to be the recipient of the gift of democracy.
There is nothing in the now-famous Taquba report that has not been reported in papers decreed "unreliable" and "propaganda sheets" by the American mainstream, who are prone to shake their heads in pity for the unfortunate hordes who do not have the freedom to see as they do, the gleaming purity of truth consisting of dozens of different rewrites of centcom briefings and government press releases.
As the Christian Soldiers march onward to Iran and Syria, pausing only to strafe the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala, the American voting elite scampers and scrambles like busy ants, frantically clinging to their belief that their "elections" are any more relevant, against the backdrop of world events set in motion long ago, than Paris Hilton's choice of sandal for an evening out, they do not see, they refuse to see, and it is arguably just as well that they do not see the huge, looming, pulsing LCD sign over their heads: GAME OVER.
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