Thursday, February 16, 2006

Pentagon shows focus.

Unfortunately, it's not where it should be.

As I'm sure you've heard, more Abu Garib photos from 2003 have surfaced. While this isn't a suprise and isn't really 'big' news, it's still getting a lot of press.

On one hand, we have this:
The government also approved the "firm condemnation by the State Department and US officials" of these incidents.

But the Pentagon is focused on other stuff, like the effect the photos might have on the safety of US troops
A Pentagon spokesperson objected on Wednesday to Australian television broadcasting the pictures because they could "further inflame and possibly incite unnecessary violence in the world and would endanger our military men and women that are serving in places around the world".

The images, apparently showing dead bodies and bloodied and naked prisoners, were taken around the same time as the original Abu Ghraib abuse pictures leaked in 2004, which caused outrage around the world.

Of course, the real issue is that the torture happened in the first place - that's the issue. These nitwits can't seem to understand there's a reason torture is a really bad idea, and there is a reason we need to hold people accountable for this. It's the torture that's pissing people off, not the photos.
Outside the ministry of justice in central Baghdad, civil servant Jenan Abed Mohammed expressed her anger over the latest images.

"This is a massive insult for all Iraqis and Muslims," she said. "The occupier doesn't understand the true meaning of freedom, which is what they claim they came to Iraq for."

True, that.

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