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War crimes are for losers
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has declared that there will be a thorough investigation of the recent U.S. destruction of a hospital in Afghanistan that killed 22, including 12 of the medical staff, with more than thirty still missing in the rubble. The hospital, run by Geneva-based Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders), had informed... Read More
The Paintings of Fernando Botero
Seattle, Washington The Columbian artist Fernando Botero has produced a brilliant collection of life-sized paintings depicting the horrors of Abu Ghraib. The works show prisoners bound and gagged, stacked on top of each other, and being beaten by American soldiers. The paintings have a haunting, frenzied feeling to them, like Pieter Bruegel's medieval "The Triumph... Read More
Reincarnating Mengele The Torture Doctors of Abu Ghraib
No need to inquire about co-payments at Abu Ghraib prison facility. Rummy's HMO will cover the whole thing. And, there's no sense in worrying about those nagging medical malpractice suits either. American doctors can pursue their own diverse inclinations without inhibition or fear of reprisal. The Pentagon now provides cover for dilettantes in the ancient... Read More
Is there any particular reason why Americans should be surprised at the tales of torture coming out of the world's youngest democracy in Iraq? What else exactly did you expect? That we really went to Iraq for the purpose of creating a democracy? My purpose is not to sound either blasé or cynical about the... Read More
Torture as Normalcy As American as Apple Pie
Torture's back in the news, courtesy of those lurid pictures of exultant Americans laughing as they torture their Iraqi captives in Abu Ghraib prison run by the US military outside Baghdad. Apparently it takes electrodes and naked bodies piled in a simulated orgy to tickle America's moral nerve ends. Kids maimed by cluster bombs just... Read More
Real Men Don't Apologize...to Muslims The Price of Victory
The pictures of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib have put the Bush Administration into full damage control mode. That is evident by the fact that President Bush made an appearance on Arab TV. Normally, Bush would never lower himself to express his concerns to the Muslim world. That is why his statement was so carefully... Read More
Empire of Torture America's Dirty Secret
The now famous picture of the hooded Iraqi prisoner standing precariously on a box with electrical wires dangling from both hands is affixed to my refrigerator with the bold subtext; "Join the Bush War on Terror." There's something otherworldly about the skeletal figure draped in sackcloth, something eerily symbolic in his pose. For many, this... Read More
It's Not A Job. It's An Adventure.
Regarding the torture of Iraqi men by the American military as chronicled by the world’s press:Janis Karpinski, reportedly a general in the American military, presided over the prison where it happened, and therefore over the torture. To her I want to say: I’m proud of you, Janis. As one who served in the armed forces,... Read More
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It's Not A Job. It's An Adventure.