Tuesday, May 11, 2004

On Abu Ghraib

Michele once again earns a 'must read' notation, leaving me to wonder why she isn't PAID to write. Just as 'Carl from Oyster Bay', a one time denizen of talk radio, rode his way to become the prominent commentator Carl Limbacher Jr. , I predict great things in her future.

Regarding Abu Ghraib, Michele writes:

Here's how to tell the difference between moderates (be they Republican or Democrat or otherwise) and those on the fringes of everything:
The left fringe people are dancing in the streets, raising their arms in jubilation because this whole torture scandal means bigger numbers for Kerry. They are calling for impeachment and calling for heads rather than trying to find a way to fix this thing or punish the actual perpetrators, who are, last I checked, adults and responsible for their own actions. Well, what do you expect from the same group of people who think it's McDonald's fault that people are fat? They are comparing Bush to Hitler and Abu Ghraib to Auschwitz and using the word massacre wantonly. Above all, Abu Ghraib is a victory for them. Even though they won't come out and say it, it's in their words and phrases.
The right fringe are justifying Abu Ghraib. They compare the prison with that of Saddam's prisons. They compare it to frat parties and juvenile stunts. They make claims of stress and poor guidance. They dismiss the use of the word torture and make light of the situation by cracking bad jokes about Iraqi prisoners. Some even cheer the abuse. They also see this as a loss; not a loss for America's fight to maintain it's good name, not as a loss for Iraqi dignity and American pride, not as a loss for the war we are waging against evil in the Middle East; no, they see it as a November loss.

She later goes on to remind us about Rush Limbaugh's comparison of these abuses to a frat initiation, and at the time, I agreed with Rush. Naked pyramids and people donning hoods is hardly 'torture'. We are in a war, and its highly likely these same prisoners would cut off the extremities of the US Soldiers IF they had the chance. I do not condone unbridled torture, but if humiliation of a few (and the photos thereof) leads to a dozen giving vital information, then I say go ahead.

There are reports of photos (be they digital or other media) showing prisoners being sodomized. This, to me, is unacceptable unless we're talking about the kind of prisoners who would just as soon stand behind an innocent woman or child and fire at US troops. Humiliation, even as perverse as this sounds, is too good for those fiends.
If there are people who are not horrified and outraged by the Abu Ghraib stories, I do not know them. Nor do I want to. I expect that every American should right now be feeling a bit of shame or embarrassment to go along with their anger and shock.

Horrified? I am afraid not. Angered, perhaps, but certainly not horrified --especially not with the evidence at hand. Humiliating a soldier is certainly far better than mutilation. Sen. McCain spoke at length against these abuses, but I wonder if his 6 years of beatings and captivity would have been better served if he was merely 'humiliated'.
Regardless of my minor points of disagreements, I do recommend your Michele's piece, and encourage you to make her blog a daily read.

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