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Friday, September 15, 2006

Presenting the new and improved Abu Ghraib

Liberals have gone on and on and on and on and on in their effort about Abu Ghrain their effort to smear the Bush administration and demonize the troops. To name one famous overreaction, do you remember what Ted Kennedy said about Abu Ghraib?
"Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management: U.S. management."
As it happens, a fascinating thing happened about two weeks ago: the American troops returned Abu Ghraib back over to the Iraqis, which must have been a blessing for those poor prisoners. After all, our soldiers were running the place just like Saddam.

Unfortunately, the Iraqi prisoners don't seem to be liking the change in management very much:
The notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad is at the centre of fresh abuse allegations just a week after it was handed over to Iraqi authorities, with claims that inmates are being tortured by their new captors.

...Conditions in the rest of the jail were grim, with an overwhelming stench of excrement, prisoners crammed into cells for all but 20 minutes a day, food rations cut to just rice and water and no air conditioning.

Some of the small number of prisoners who remained in the jail after the Americans left said they had pleaded to go with their departing captors, rather than be left in the hands of Iraqi guards.

"The Americans were better than the Iraqis. They treated us better," said Khalid Alaani, who was held on suspicion of involvement in Sunni terrorism.

...The witness said that even in the thieves' section prisoners were being treated badly. "Someone was shouting 'Please help us, we want the human rights officers, we want the Americans to come back'," he said.
Well, well, well. All these people want Americans back? Really?

Well, too bad, fellas. An unpleasant fact of life: if American troops forget to bring their prisoners their margaritas one night, Dick Durbin and other liberals will be hopping up and down beside themselves screaming about "torture" and how Nazi Germany has come to America. But, on the other hand, if Americans aren't involved, these prisoners could be getting beaten with nail-studded clubs three times a day and those same people really aren't going to care.

Still, it's interesting to note that for all the claims of "torture," the Americans have been gone for only a little over a week and everyone is clamoring for their return. So does it sound like we're systematically "torturing" prisoners or are liberals just seizing on a few isolated incidents to use against the Bush administration?

Ask the Iraqis.


Blogger Justin Olbrantz (Quantam) said...

You forgot to link the source for the state of things now.

Fri Sep 15, 08:53:00 PM EDT  

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