No, they’re not cartoons. They’re PHOTOS:
An Australian TV channel has broadcast previously unpublished images showing apparent US abuse of prisoners in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib jail in 2003.
The images on SBS TV are thought to be from the same source as those that caused an outcry around the world and led to several US troops being jailed.
The new images show “homicide, torture and sexual humiliation”, SBS said.
The US has said the images could only “incite unnecessary violence” and endanger US military personnel.
The broadcast of the images comes at a time of increased tension between Muslim nations and the West over cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad.
And of course, the damage they do is predictable, too:
The images were swiftly re-broadcast by Arab satellite television stations and several news organisations, including American ABC News television, showed them on their Web sites.
They stirred up more anger among Arabs, already incensed by the publication on Sunday of images of British soldiers apparently beating Iraqi youths and by cartoons satirising the Prophet Mohammad printed in European papers this month.
“This is truly American ugliness that no other country in the world can compete with,” journalist Saleh al-Humaidi said in Yemen.
“The Americans ought to apologise to mankind for their government’s lie to the world that it is fighting for freedom and that it came to Iraq to save it from Saddam Hussein’s oppression,” he said.
Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the abuses at Abu Ghraib had already been fully investigated.
“The department believes that the release of all of these images will further inflame and cause unnecessary violence in the world,” Whitman said.
Note, again, the hypocrisy of the warmongers–images that make Mohammed look bad are okay in the name of “free speech”, but images that show the US as equally brutal, if not even more so, are somehow unacceptable. Where are all those brave, Denmark-defending right-wing Voltaires now?
Oh, I know…they’re probably hiding under their beds again. On the pretext of looking for turbaned marauders, no doubt.
Since they’re too cowardly to share these lovely images of Mohammed with you, allow me:
Mohammed-porn is free speech, isn’t it?
Nice work, Chuck! You sure showed that raghead. Yeah, you da man.