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News Shame of Britain's Abu Ghraib

  1. Jan 19, 2005 #1
    "The reaction in the Arab and Muslim world, and even here, has been of shock and also surprise because until very recently the British troops were considered to be much better in their conduct in Iraq than the Americans."
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  3. Jan 19, 2005 #2
    Hmm, very disapointing.
  4. Jan 19, 2005 #3
    We, Americans, are considered to be poorer conduct than everyone always. What's really amazing is that said stereotyping and generalizing has formed a "truth" in so many peoples' minds as to make THIS event (involving the British) some how a shock because it wasn't us this time.
  5. Jan 19, 2005 #4
    doesn't matter who did it, both have finally showed their true nature to the people...
  6. Jan 19, 2005 #5
    Yes that's right. And as such, those that do wrong (they are in every society) will be put through a trial process and handed a punishment. I am very happy that is our true colors, instead of letting them go...

    Oh? You meant that to have the standard rhetorical negative conotation?
  7. Jan 19, 2005 #6
    If those soldiers did not document their crimes by digital Camera, nobody will know …. and the American propaganda will continue spreading lies about the situation in Iraq.

    USA and UK started to take actions ONLY after the digital pictures spread among the people and Media.

    Both governments knew about these crimes several months before the Media succeeded to get the pictures.

    In December 2003, the chairman of Abu Gharib told the journalists that her jail (Abu Gharib) is looks like five star Hotel.. and she believe that many Iraqi prisoners do not like to leave it.

    What if those soldiers did not take pictures for their crimes? What if media could not get these pictures! I doubt that anybody will know about it …. Just as the last war in Falluja … no journalists allowed to see the horrible crimes against the civilians till now.

  8. Jan 19, 2005 #7
    that still doesn't make it acceptable, it doesn't justify their actions and it does show their true colors.. I think the disagreement between us is that you think that when I say both, I mean the countries in general, I was referring to the people who did these things..
  9. Jan 19, 2005 #8
    Bilal made an excellent point, do you think that unless the soldier who brought forth the pictures with the Abu Grahaib torture, the idiots who participated in it would have been brought to justice? in the end you just tried to save your face by taking them to court...
  10. Jan 19, 2005 #9
    Very true, and underlines the truism that when we rely on the network news for the truth we are often getting only a very paritial picture. Never mind, I hear that Al Jazeera will be available on satellite TV in the US soon. I hope it people will watch it with an open mind, as there might well be stories on it that they wouldn't otherwise see, and viewpoints expressed that they wouldn't otherwise hear.
    http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/91B0FD3E-4A1C-4554-9430-FF2764C37A61.htm [Broken]
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  11. Jan 19, 2005 #10
    Then I agree.
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  13. Feb 28, 2005 #12
    It is no big news that British abused and killed Arabs in today's Iraq around 1920's.British even used chemical weapons on them.
  14. Feb 28, 2005 #13


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    Good to see that the UK holds itslef to the same high standards as the US and enforces its laws equitably. Other countries should follow their example.

    edit: it appears some are. For the first time ever, a Palestinian leader is trying to do the same thing: Palestinian police have actually arrested suspects in last week's terrorist bombing! A step (a small step, but a step nonetheless) in the right direction.
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  15. Mar 1, 2005 #14
    High standards? I hardly think so.
    http://www.channel4.com/news/microsites/T/torture/index.html [Broken]

    Other countries should follow this example - are you nuts?
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  16. Mar 1, 2005 #15


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    ... most counties do enforce their laws equitably, corruption isn't that widespread if we limit ourselves out of the obvious cases. It's the other side of the coin that is more troublesome and giving grief.
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    You know that's not what I was referring to. I was referring to other countries following our example of rule of law. Who among our enemies is willing to prosecute their own people for crimes against their enemies?
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  18. Mar 1, 2005 #17
    This the Shame of Britain's Abu Ghraib thread, Russ. Would you care to comment on the link I provided?
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  19. Mar 2, 2005 #18


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    In other words, we're only allowed to bash the UK (and US) here, not praise it? You posted the link to the story about the prosecution, not me. I commented on what that act (prosecution of war criminals) shows. Sorry, but the implications I see in what you posted are not negative. What is your comment on the fact that the UK is willing to prosecute its own soldiers?
    Its anti-America, sensationalist, misleading, hateful rhetoric. I'm not a big fan of the tabloid/Michael Moore style of much of the UK's media.
  20. Mar 2, 2005 #19
    Go ahead and bury your head in the sand then, but don't pretend that you are interested in an intelligent discusssion, let alone truth and justice. Why don't you start a thread listing all the great things the UK and American military are doing at the moment? This thread is focusing on the abuses, which unless you keep your head in the sand, are far more significant.

    Ignorant rubbish. Its about freedom of information, and if you are really interested in what America is supposed to stand for in the world you will open your eyes. You may find it sensational and hateful, but its hard to report this story without raising these feelings. Misleading? If only it were all a lie, Russ. Open your eyes.
  21. Mar 2, 2005 #20
    I shouldn't let this go unchallanged. The UK has some of the foulest muck-raking media outlets in the world, as exemplified by The Sun newspaper. However, the UK also has some of the most honest & upstanding reporting in the world, and having seen most of the three Channel 4 documentaries aired so far, they are not tabloid style. True, they need to be interesting to catch a wide audience, but as far as I could see these were free of sensationalism. When the story is The US Engages in Systematic Torture, you don't need tabloid hype. The muck is there, staring us in the face, pre-raked.

    Do you support torture, Russ?
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