Sunday, May 02, 2004

Iraqi Prisoner Photos

It's late - no time to wax poetic. But the general outrage at the recently-published photos of Iraqi prisoners being humiliated by US guards is almost comical. Where was US Congressional outrage after Fallujeh? Where was the Arab outrage after Fallujeh? What did these folks have to say about American civilians being burned, beaten, mutilated, and hung from a bridge? They were like the proverbial 3 monkeys - see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

But now some prisoners of war get some hazing, akin to a fraternity rally, and these people act as if the US has nuked a mosque. Get over it - if that's the worse thing that happens to Iraqi prisoners of war then the Arabs should thank Allah that it was the Americans who ousted Saddam and not their brothers in faith, the Iranians. Rest assured that had the Iranians defeated the Iraqis in their war 2 decades ago, doing cheerleader pyramids while naked would have been the least of their worries.

Freedom has a price. To date, the great US of A has contributed nearly $100 billion and over 600 lives so that millions of Iraqis will live in peace and prosperity. If the worst collateral damage involves a few thugs getting hazed, then freedom has come cheap. Time would be much better spent working towards improving security in Iraq, and mourning the soldiers and civilians who have lost their lives over the past year. Those people have paid the ultimate price for Iraqi freedom and should not be over-shadowed by this prisoner abuse scandal.

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