The Daily Demarche
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Even Saddam didn't...
Torture. The very word brings to mind images of the rack, the iron maiden, bamboo under the fingernails, and electricity applied to genitals. So when a victim of alleged torture in Abu Ghraib says "I was extremely emotional because (even) Saddam didn't do this to us", one can only imagine the terrible techniques used on him.

"I couldn't believe in the beginning that this could happen, but I wished I could kill myself because no one was there to stop it," Hussein Mutar, who was sent to Abu Ghraib accused of car theft, said in videotaped testimony.

What could possibly bring a man to lose hope to the point that he wished for death? Well, we don't really know. The article these quotes are from doesn't say what this man experienced. It does list horrors such as being forced to eat pork and consume alcohol. Forced masturbation and naked pyramids are also listed. Don't get me wrong- these are abuses, and should be investigated and appropriate punishment handed down. But torture?

To me torture is having ones hands tied behind ones back, face beaten to a pulp then strangled to death. Maybe it is working to organize democratic elections and having someone cut of your head and burn your corpse. Perhaps it is being lined up with 17 of your comrades, hands tied and waiting for the bullet that is headed your way as the other 17 are executed. Maybe it's knowing that Saddam's security forces are still settling old scores, and realizing that you are most likely on the list.

Porkchops, on the other hand, seem to pale by comparison.

Of course the men perpetrating these crimes have their own fears. They just want to have their nice "insurgency" and keep a nation hostage- maybe deny education to girls and occasionally stone a woman to death. You know, good clean Sharia fun. Then, out of the blue, you have to worry about Osama bin Laden hijacking your insurrection! And the cave-hiding tape-making bastard even has the nerve to outsourse the carnage- naming a Jordanian as his #2. Globalization really DOES suck!

At least if you catch one of Uncle Sam's bullets and live The World News Network Claim Agency is there to help you file a claim: just go to Iraq War - Stake your compensation Claim NOW ! (to see the link in context click on the World News link above). Failing that I'm sure Maddona will fork over some of her royalties. Wait...isn't she some sort of Jew? Shiite! Can't take her money.

Gentle reader, have you noticed I am a bit fired up? I am sick and tired of this (hello- he's Syrian- remember when the government claimed there were foreign insurgents and the MSM pooh-poohed it?) , and this, and this. I suppose Saddam never did make a man wear a dog leash. But he did do this, and this and this.

It is time for the free world to pull it's collective head out of the sand. The American left must support democracy in Iraq as it once supported Civil Rights and The Equal Rights Act- for the next four years, no, for the next three weeks I challenge the left to live up to it's own rhetoric. Enough of the whining- protesting the inauguration helps no one. Set aside the acrimony and bitterness and contribute.

To my fellow bloggers and readers, I ask that you forward this challenge- just be prepared to be disappointed. Even Saddam didn't support democracy in Iraq.


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