Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Well, the long-awaited report on Abu Ghraib has been published, and as expected, it places the blame for the atrocities largely on the shoulders of soldiers running the facility.
The panel, led by former US Defence Secretary James Schlesinger, said the situation there was one of "chaos". But the report said there was no official policy of abuse at the jail.So let me get this right -- these people had electrical torture devices and attack dogs -- which you can't exactly pick up at your nighborhood Baghdad marketplace -- but this was all the result of "chaos"? And Rumsfeld is to blame only for some "confusion"?
Give me a break!
This is the next logical step after Reagan's plausible denial sham -- our leaders can approve any kind of sadistic mayhem they want, and when it's time to pay the piper, all they have to do is shrug their shoulders, say "I'm sorry" and get told that they weren't on the ball enough to keep it from happening.
So which is worse: a completely evil and bloodthirsty government, who see human rights as impediments, rather than sacred values; or a bumbling and boneheaded gang of idiots too stupid to take care of their business? I can't decide which is a more horrifying concept of our government.
I believe the former is true; but of course I don't have hard proof in this instance, so all I can do is point to our support for similar activities in East Timor, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, and Chile; then say that it's really hard for me to believe that suddenly our leaders are not ruthless so much as incompetent.
Reed Brody has a good piece in today's San Francisco Chronicle.
It has now been more than three months since the appearance of the first pictures of U.S. soldiers humiliating and torturing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Shortly after, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell told foreign leaders: "Watch America. Watch how we deal with this. Watch how America will do the right thing."No doubt. Meantime, I ran across an interesting article recently by Sholto Byrnes about Ann Coulter.
When we talk about the "war on terror", she sounds almost nostalgic for the Cold War. "When we were fighting communism, OK, they had mass murderers and gulags, but they were white men and they were sane. Now we're up against absolutely insane savages." . . .What a brilliant political analyst! How can anyone argue with that kind of .. you know, logic?
Check out this collection of animated GIFs. Some are cute; some are classic; some are twisted; some are really wrong; and some are just glorious (if possibly blasphemous). (And some are eerily prescient!)
Today I'm listening to: Groove Salad!
MadWomen for Peace (incl. Diane)