Saturday, May 08, 2004

This makes me pretty sad.

Not to deny the impact and horror of the photographs, which feed the very worst Islamic tropes as regards the West, but I can't help the feeling that this is turning into a bit of a feeding frenzy. The left sees a way to get at Bush, via Rumsfield, so this is only going to get worse.

It's kind of interesting to think of the contrast. Within two days of 9/11/2001 the networks had decided to stop showing the crashes and the collapse of the World Trade Center. These pictures from Abu Ghraib, on the other hand, will be with us and in our faces for months.

Americans humiliating Arabs will always get a lot more coverage than Arabs murdering Americans.

Ho hum.

Personally, I wouldn't worry too much about the "Arab Street", which is mostly the creature of repressive Arab Government leger de main.

In any event, I think we should:

- Try, convict, and imprison those soldiers who abused their prisoners
- Compensate the prisoners who were abused
- Tell the Arab world to shut the hell up until it treats *its* prisoners better
- Tell the UN that Sudan at the controls of the UN Comission on Human Rights doesn't look too good
- Tell the rest of the world to take a long walk off a short pier

Beyond that? I don't know. Hope that the Democrats don't win in November?

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