Saturday, May 08, 2004


While I must admit that it's nice to see Rumsfeld wriggle like a worm on a hook, it's upsetting that it has to be for the reason that it is.

The fact that they're saying it might get worse, now, is utterly nauseating.

Rumsfeld said there are many more photographs and videos that have not been made public yet.

"It's going to get still more terrible, I'm afraid," he said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he wants to "prepare the public: Apparently the worst is yet to come potentially in terms of disturbing events."

He later told reporters, "The American public needs to understand we're talking about rape and murder here. We're not just talking about giving people a humiliating experience."

Side note: what's with the sexual perversity present in the armed forces? There was the story not too long ago about the sexual assaults of female cadets, not to mention the totally gross stories coming out of Camp X-Ray, which seem to have gone uninvestigated, and now this.

When I see the big goofy grins (note: those are not work-safe photos on the other side of that link, but be aware of what your taxpayer's money is funding) on the two Americans as they cavort around the naked, hooded prisoners, some trying to crouch down and cover themselves, some just hanging their heads in defeat, I'm pretty ashamed to be a human being, let alone a citizen of the United States.

But what really gets to me more that anything else is that they knew about it. The Red Cross knew. Salon did an article about it two months ago. Even the supposed Iraqi blogger Riverbend knew.

Hell, even I knew. I read that article on Salon and didn't even bother to blog about it. What the hell is wrong with this country, with you, me, all of us?

Tomorrow morning I'm going to get up and go to work, taking phone calls helping rich people hook up their fantastically useless pieces of electronics equipment that cost as much as many people in this world make in a whole year. Meanwhile, people across the world are getting tortured in our names, either directly or indirectly.

Don't you get it? This is why the terrorists hate us.

**added** Read also this post by Riverbend. If she really is an Iraqi, her final words are haunting.

Chaos? Civil war? Bloodshed? We’ll take our chances- just take your Puppets, your tanks, your smart weapons, your dumb politicians, your lies, your empty promises, your rapists, your sadistic torturers and go.

Great stinking job, Bush administration. Mission Accomplished! Way to go!

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