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Media Still Milking 3 Year Old Abu Ghraib Antics

Our one party media does its best to wring the last bit of juice out of this three year old story of six people and a half hour of naughtiness.

From terrorist-loving, America-hating, Saudi-owned Reuters:

Iraq seethes after new prisoner abuse footage

By Michael Georgy
Thursday, February 16, 2006; 10:57 AM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – New images of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison prompted Iraq’s president to condemn his close ally the United States on Thursday, demanding harsh punishment for "savage crimes" as Iraqis seethed over more humiliation.

In unusually strong language, Jalal Talabani lashed out at Washington as the new images were digested by Iraqis and other Arabs already enraged by insulting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad which were published in European newspapers.

"We have condemned these savage crimes. We reject that a civilized country allow its soldiers to commit these ugly and terrible crimes," Talabani told reporters.

"We demand very harsh punishments against the perpetrators."

Images of humiliated prisoners infuriated Iraqis and some predicted they would play into the hands of Saddam Hussein, whose chaotic trial has embarrassed the U.S.-backed government.

Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service’s "Dateline" program said the images were recorded at the same time as the now-infamous pictures of U.S. soldiers abusing Abu Ghraib detainees which sparked international outrage in 2004.

Some of the pictures suggest further abuse such as killing, torture and sexual humiliation, "Dateline" said.

Iraq’s Human Rights Minister Zuhair al-Chalabi called on U.S.-led troops to release Iraqi detainees on Thursday after the new footage emerged of abuse at Abu Ghraib, which along with other detention centers holds 14,000 prisoners.

"We are very worried about the Iraqi detainees in Abu Ghraib. The multinational forces and the British forces should hand them over to the (Iraqi) government," Chalabi told Reuters in an interview.

"The Iraqi government should move immediately to have the prisons and the prisoners delivered to the ministry of justice."

FURTHER LOSS OF U.S. CREDIBILITY

Few Iraqis believe their government has the power to force the United States to free prisoners but the tough comments are an indication of the erosion of U.S. credibility in the country.

Iraqi passions had already been running high since a British newspaper released a video earlier this week that appears to show British soldiers beating Iraqi teenagers in 2004.

"These (Abu Ghraib) pictures are an insult to us and our government. Why are the Americans and the British still controlling our prisons?" asked Mohammad Jassim, 17, a Shi’ite student.

"Don’t we have our own army now? This will only give Saddam the terrorist more sympathizers."

In Geneva, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said the latest images of abuse at Abu Ghraib showed clear violations of international humanitarian law.

"We are shocked and dismayed at the mistreatment and abuse displayed in these images," ICRC spokeswoman Dorothea Krimitsas told Reuters in Geneva.

The images, which included an Iraqi prisoner banging his head against a metal door in desperation, came as a shock in the Arab world, even in staunchly pro-American Kuwait, where U.S.-led troops crushed Saddam’s troops in 1991.

"This is awful because I always look up to the British and Americans as the best in the world," said Kuwaiti firefighter Khalil al-Amir. "They are supposed to be more civilized. But when I see something like this it makes me think twice."

U.S. military spokesman Major General Rick Lynch played down the latest images of Abu Ghraib, once one of Saddam’s most feared prisons.

"We believe they realize that these pictures are pictures of events that happened before, that it was an isolated event and that the people involved in that have indeed been punished," he told reporters.

But some Iraqis said more comparisons would now be drawn favoring life under Saddam to the new U.S.-backed Iraq.

"Now some people will claim that life was better under Saddam. Both performed crimes against humanity but at least we had security back then," said Abu Anmar, 35, a Sunni petrol station owner, referring to the daily carnage in Iraq.

Someone should tell the President of Iraq that these six people have already been tried, convicted and are being punished for their naughty antics as we speak. Now how is that Saddam trial going?

And when is Reuters going to publish those Mohammad cartoons? Doesn’t the public need to know what all the fuss is about? Oh, that’s right. They don’t want to stir up the "Arab Street."

We know all about their delicate sensibilities.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 16th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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