Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Calling robust campfires raging forest fires

Dennis Prager takes the American left to task for overusing and misusing phrases describing abhorent behavior to the extent of numbing the public:

When you hear the words "oppression," "genocide," "racism," or even "torture" or "rape," do you immediately recoil as you always did? I don't. While I hate those evils as much as ever, I no longer assume the term always describes the reality.

He contends that labeling the abuse at Abu Ghriab as torture weakened the fight against hideous acts of torture:

It undermined the war against torture to characterize what some Americans did to some Iraqis in the Abu Ghraib prison -- actions that were indeed sick, un-American and shameful to our military -- as "torture." Labeling abuses as "torture" filled me with pity for all the people around the world who had experienced real torture.

I kept thinking about those whose bodies were burned, whose fingernails were torn out, who were hung by their arms in a way that broke their shoulders (a common Chinese communist torture), who were put into human shredders (in Saddam's Iraq) or who had burning hot steel rods shoved into their rectums. How did these poor souls react to seeing the Western media routinely describe humiliating and frightening naked men for the sadistic amusement of guards as "torture"?

Prager has more to say about other topics as well.

The credulusness displayed by the left in its tendency to equate American bad behavior with the most heinous acts in history puzzles me. Name another society in world history where leftists are free to say what they want and still live a free and peaceful life? Then again, maybe that concept is not too important to the left.


Blogger bubba said...

Prager is one of the most underrated commentators on the scene today. I miss listening to both Prager and Hugh Hewitt on the radio.

Blogger sam's notes said...

Bubba- You can audstream NewsTalk KRLA if you have the computer power. I'm a medved man, myself.

Blogger Roch101 said...

And what about the abhorrent tendency of the right in this country, in an effort to defend the indefensible, to stick their heads up their asses?


Taguba's 53-page report, classified "Secret" and dated April 4, 2004, concluded that U.S. soldiers had committed "egregious acts and grave breaches of international law" at Abu Ghraib.[3] Taguba found that between October and December 2003 there were numerous instances of "sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses" of prisoners.

Taguba's report cited numerous examples of inmate abuse, including:

- Punching, slapping, and kicking detainees; jumping on their naked feet.

- Videotaping and photographing naked male and female detainees.

- Forcibly arranging detainees in various sexually explicit positions for photographing.

- Forcing detainees to remove their clothing and keeping them naked for several days at a time.

- Forcing naked male detainees to wear women's underwear.

- Forcing groups of male detainees to masturbate while being photographed and videotaped.

- Arranging naked male detainees in a pile and then jumping on them.

- Positioning a naked detainee on a MRE Box, with a sandbag on his head, and attaching wires to his fingers, toes, and penis to simulate electric torture.

- Writing "I am a Rapest" [sic] on the leg of a detainee alleged to have raped a 15-year old fellow detainee, and then photographing him naked.

- Placing a dog chain or strap around a naked detainee's neck and having a female soldier pose for a picture.

- A male MP guard raping a female detainee.

- Taking photographs of dead Iraqi detainees and MPs posing with cheerful looks.

- Breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees.

- Threatening detainees with a loaded 9mm pistol.

- Pouring cold water on naked detainees.

- Beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair.

- Threatening male detainees with rape.

- Allowing a military police guard to stitch the wound of a detainee who was injured after being slammed against the wall in his cell.

- Sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick.

- Using military working dogs (without muzzles) to frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one instance actually biting and severely injuring a detainee.

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nature_of_Abu_Ghraib_abuse"

Blogger bubba said...

Thanks, Sam....I'll try it.

How was your trip to Oz.....um, KOSFEST, Roch?

Blogger Glenn said...

Nobody's trying to defend the Abu Ghraib abuses. The abuses there in no way reflected US policy toward Iraqi prisoners. The perpetrators of the abuse are doing time in the stockade. The commander of the prison was retired from the Army. This stands in contrast to regimes such as those in Cuba, North Korea and China where prison guards are punished for not abusing the prisoners. Opponents of the war in Iraq have tried to milk Abu Ghraib for all it's worth to try and paint it as the American face of the war, a very tenuous position.

Blogger bubba said...

Glenn, look at the list provided above, and compare that with the list and details of real tortures inflicted on prisoners in the last century in these conflicts:

-- WWII, by Japan

-- WWII, the Nazis

-- 20th century, Stalin's regime ()

-- Korean War, the North Koreans

-- Viet Nam War, the North Vietnames/VC, the Soviets, and the Cubans

And, of course, we all know about Saddam himself.

All of these wer FAR WORSE than anything inflict by americans in the War on Terror.

As you said, nobody is excusing or even rationalizing the American abuses the Usual Suspects are complaining about. However, to use it as a wedge issu and a poltical tool in agenized political propaganda, like we have been experiencing now, is flat out reprehensible behavior on the part of those who should know better.


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