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   1. Riverbend/ Those Pictures... (Hassan)
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Message: 1
Date: Sat, 1 May 2004 07:24:53 -0700 (PDT)
From: Hassan <>
Subject: Riverbend/ Those Pictures...
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Friday, April 30, 2004

Those Pictures...

The pictures are horrific
I felt a multitude of things as I saw them... the most
prominent feeling was rage, of course. I had this
incredible desire to break something- like that would
make things somehow better or ease the anger and
humiliation. We=92ve been hearing terrible stories about
Abu Ghraib Prison in Baghdad for a while now, but
those pictures somehow spoke like no words could.

Seeing those naked, helpless, hooded men was like
being slapped in the face with an ice cold hand. I
felt ashamed looking at them- like I was seeing
something I shouldn=92t be seeing and all I could think
was, =93I might know one of those faceless men...=94 I
might have passed him in the street or worked with
him. I might have bought groceries from one of them or
sat through a lecture they gave in college... any of
them might be a teacher, gas station attendant or
engineer... any one of them might be a father or
grandfather... each and every one of them is a son and
possibly a brother. And people wonder at what happened
in Falloojeh a few weeks ago when those Americans were
killed and dragged through the streets...

All anyone can talk about today are those pictures...
those terrible pictures. There is so much rage and
frustration. I know the dozens of emails I=92m going to
get claiming that this is an =91isolated incident=92 and
that they are =91ashamed of the people who did this=92 but
does it matter? What about those people in Abu Ghraib?
What about their families and the lives that have been
forever damaged by the experience in Abu Ghraib? I
know the messages that I=92m going to get- the ones that
say, =93But this happened under Saddam...=94 Like somehow,
that makes what happens now OK... like whatever was
suffered in the past should make any mass graves,
detentions and torture only minor inconveniences now.
I keep thinking of M. and how she was 'lucky' indeed
And you know what? You won't hear half of the
atrocities and stories because Iraqis are proud,
indignant people and sexual abuse is not a subject
anyone is willing to come forward with. The atrocities
in Abu Ghraib and other places will be hidden away and
buried under all the other dirt the occupation brought
with it...

It=92s beyond depressing and humiliating... my blood
boils at the thought of what must be happening to the
female prisoners. To see those smiling soldiers with
the Iraqi prisoners is horrible. I hope they are made
to suffer... somehow I know they won=92t be punished.
They=92ll be discharged from the army, at best, and made
to go back home and join families and cronies who will
drink to the pictures and the way =93America=92s finest=94
treated those =93Dumb I-raki terrorists=94. That horrible
excuse of a human, Janis Karpinski, will then write a
book about how her father molested her as a child and
her mother drank herself into an early death- that=92s
why she did what she did in Abu Ghraib. It makes me

Where is the Governing Council? Where are they hiding

I want something done about it and I want it done
publicly. I want those horrible soldiers who were
responsible for this to be publicly punished and
humiliated. I want them to be condemned and identified
as the horrible people they are. I want their children
and their children=92s children to carry on the story of
what was done for a long time- as long as those
prisoners will carry along with them the humiliation
and pain of what was done and as long as the memory of
those pictures remains in Iraqi hearts and minds...

- posted by river @ 11:03 PM

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Message: 2
Date: Sat, 1 May 2004 10:51:01 EDT
Subject: Long but worthy read

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Middle East

Iraq's future: Dreams and nightmares

By Herbert Docena

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