How the world's press views the US's treatment of Iraqi prisoners. Enlightening, to say the least.
The photographs that show American soldiers inflicting torture and sexual abuse on Iraqi Prisoners of War offer a peek into the brutal record set by the forces in neo-colonial occupation of this West Asian country.' <br /><br /> FRANCE<br /> LIBï¿½RATION<br />Wars can be lost elsewhere than on the battlefield. The torture in the Abu Ghraib prison is ignoble and, worse than that, imbecile, because it has inflicted an important defeat on the United States. The pictures have fanned hatred of America in the Arab world and caused disgust everywhere else.'
`(The US officials in charge of Abu Ghraib prison) have direct responsibility for the outrage which is delighting the many enemies of the US in the region and which could finish off what little remains of the house of cards built by Bush for the supposed pacification and democratisation of the Middle East'
`Now the whole world is wondering_ how could such excesses happen? How did some of the more than 140,000 brave American and British soldiers who freed Iraq become cowardly human torturers?'
`Images of Iraqi prisoners stripped of their clothes and being humiliated and abused have badly damaged US prestige and credibility, especially in the Arab world. They have severely dented the United States' argument that it invaded Iraq to bring democracy and human rights to a nation brutalised by a vicious dictator, former President Saddam Hussein.'
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`There is no justification for the kind of atrocities that had been perpetrated on those prisoners. (But), the US media didn't shy away from reporting it, and stunned their own military and Government with factual reporting with graphic descriptions. See in this the humane side of a civilised mind'
"The damage to America's image in the conservative Arab and Muslim world, where shame is a potent weapon, is incalculable. This will fuel the violence in Iraq, and subvert the broader war on terror."
From Daily Kos