Saturday, May 27, 2006  


I think this one could be filed under "no kidding" as well as "is that all?

Bush said the Abu Ghraib prison scandal was the biggest mistake by the US

It is unclear what part of Abu Ghraib he considers a "mistake." Could it be using Abu Ghraib in the first place? After all, Saddam Hussein used it for pretty much the same purpose. And it appears we believe what's good enough for Saddam, is good enough for us- we've been using various palaces and other buildings for analagous purposes. Either we believe that or we deserve an F in symbology.

Or was Abu Ghraib a mistake because of the pictures? If so, this is more along the lines of "damn, we got caught."

At no point in this speech or several others was the type of torture, humiliation and actual murder visited on those in that place actually condemned. And why not?

Says a lot about W, I think.

And I am very sure he was not sorry more people weren't prosecuted. I imagine he clings to the bad apple theory,which is bull as we have seen time and time again in Abu Ghraib, in Guantanamo, in Baghram, in US prisons. Someone somewhere knows how to engineer situations so that this type of behavior is seen as possible and even laudatory.

And, as we know, the invasion and occupation (yes, dear, we really are an occupying force which may or may not mutate into a protectorate or a neo-colonial state) was ill-planned, poorly executed, bungled every which way til Sunday and continues to degrade even further.

So, President Bush, any other mistakes you would like to comment on?

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and a few other NGOs, have designated June Torture Awareness Month. I've created a blogroll you can join if you're interested. You can find it here. The idea is that everyone is linked to from the blogroll, and in exchange, you discuss torture (as you already do), and link to the Torture Awareness site to help support the NGOs.

There's a lot of bloggers concerned about human rights abuse in the War on Terror. If we coordinate, we can show our support and help Amnesty and HRW make Torture Awareness Month a success.
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