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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Abu Ghraib - an image problem!

<< Donald Rumsfeld checks out who checks in at Abu Ghraib

We're back to the US Government having qualms over telling the truth. Now it is trying to stop fresh images of prisoner abuse in Iraq being made public, claiming they will aid the insurgency. This is a bit rich. It is tantamount to saying that the insurgents may have a justification for, at least, complaining about the abuse. Court papers show that the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Gen Richard Myers, argues that releasing the pictures will give ammunition to the insurgents.

The question any judge should ask is, "What did General Myers know and when did he know it?". A lot is being hidden and the truth will out eventually.

Iraq has proved a rotten egg for the United States and the United Kingdom. Tony Blair has more of the egg on his face today. Lord Goldsmith, the worthy Attorney-General, said war with Iraq was legal. E-mails sent by a key Tony Blair aide about the legality of invading Iraq are to remain secret, it has been claimed. Downing Street is aiming to keep them under wraps.

What all this says is that we have a set of governments that are preaching democracy to the Arabs but all the while abusing the truth and spinning the facts. No wonder Arabs think we are meddling unnecessarily in their affairs!



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