Wednesday, May 05, 2004

The National Debate: Where Policy, Politics and the Media Meet (via InstaPundit): "CNN's complicity - and the failure of the other news organizations described by Jordan (as well as The New York Times' John Burns in the book Embedded) - is coming home to roost as media outlets around the world make the claim without contradiction that there is no difference between Iraq under Saddam and Iraq under U.S. occupation. Where is the CNN file footage of interviews with Saddam's torture victims? Where are the shocking Saddam torture photos?

Despite their record of complicity in covering up years of brutality and torture in Iraq under Saddam Hussein, CNN has lost no time in running endless reports on the Iraqi prison photos. Besides practically non-stop reports on the Iraqi Prisoner Abuse story, CNN's line up has been stocked with guests booked to discuss the Iraqi Prisoner Abuse story."

No, I'm not going to make the claim that what happened to these prisoners in American custody was ok, because it's still better than Saddam's Iraq. That's BS, and it's a form of debate in which I will not engage. What I do want to say, however, is that we need to remember that this type of behavior in all cases is wrong. It is shameful that these soldiers persecuted the Iraqis in this way, but it is equally shameful that we allowed the same and worse to be done by other Iraqis for so long, and that the same continues around the world to this day. There is evil in the world, and we need to stop excusing it. We need to pursue it to the ends of the earth, until the repercussions of torturing another are so great as to eliminate any justification.

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