Why were the Iraqi prisoners Tortured?
While prisoner abuse reports are horrendous, and especially destructive of America's reputation and respect in the world, the entire war has been mismanaged from the beginning. Those responsible for the Iraq occupation have turned the American military presence in Iraq into a crusade by adopting policies and procedures that expose a religious and racist agenda and prejudice against Islam, Muslims and Arabs.
Religious prejudices against Muslims are inspired by a rhetoric orchestrated by neo-cons and a group of religious radicals led by leaders such as Franklin Graham, Pat Robertson, John Ashcroft and Jerry Falwell and endorsed by military officials such as General Boykins.
These acts that have drawn outrage from the world community cannot be seen in isolation from statements that some of the most ardent supporters of the current Bush administration have made against Muslims and Islam. Statements like .. Islam is an evil faith - Prophet Muhammad is a violent leader - Muslims worship evil - Muslims send their children to die for God while Christian revere their Lord who sacrificed his life for others - Such statements create hatred against one-fifth population of the world and in the case of Iraq, where most of the people do not share the religious believes of the occupying forces, has created an environment of crusade.
There are a large number of chaplains in the US army who are supportive of people like General Boykins, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and Franklin Graham. In fact many have baptized soldiers in Iraq during the occupation.
The American Muslim community is rightfully apprehensive of the prevalence of these trends in the army and other institutions of power. It fears violation of its constitutional rights at the hands of those religious extremists who like General Boykins and John Ashcroft regard Islam a problem for American society.
The American Muslim community should join hands with other patriotic Americans in their demand for an open investigation about the prevalence of the culture of hate in the army and other institutions of public policy. The American Muslim community must also make demands for the inclusion of Muslim Americans in a fact-finding mission to Iraq to assess the real extent of hatred against Muslims and Islam.
The incompetence and mismanagement of the Bush administration can no longer be concealed. In April 2003 Sadism regime collapsed and Iraqis were ready for a new deal. However, the Bush administration has given them a dirty deal.
What is at stake is the future of humanity that the religious right is willing to risk in its eagerness to win the White House once again for the current President.
Dr. Aslam Abdullah is the Editor of the Minaret magazine which is a monthly publication from Los Angeles, California.
Topics: Christianity, Government And Politics, Iraq
To defeat Israel the Arabs must drive the US and its Allies out of Iraq. I believe no matter how long the war takes the US will be defeated in the end. If this happens it will cause catastropic demoralisation of the Jews in Israel.
Remember: great empires come and go. So will the US empire.
I would like for all readers to note that there is a rapidly growing movement in American Christianity that rejects that belief! We do not believe that modern Israel is the chosen people of God! We are not anti-semitic. We are for Biblical truth, and for peace, based on humanitarian basis. I have personally written a book "Israel 1948: Countdown to No Where," that refutes the ideas of Pat Robertson, Hal Lindsey, Tim LaHaye and others, who claim that 1948 was the fulfillment of prophecy, and is proof that Israel remains as God's chosen people. I also have a website, where you can read similar articles: www.eschatology.org. You can order my book from the website. There is also a video, based on the book, that is available, and shows that the modern Zionist claims are false. Let it be known that there are American Christians that deplore the atrocities against the prisoners, and the underlying theology and ideology!
When the Americans went to Somalia and opened fire on an open market, killing thousands of people incuding babies, and the anger of Somalis was shown when they killed 18 soldiers and dragged one dead soldier in the streets. Americans were not shown why the crowds were so angry. They also did not credit the Somalis for not killing or torturing the soldier they had captured. They gave him a bed to sleep on, the best meals they could afford and gave him even a Bible to read. The same type of compassion was shown to westerners in Afghanistan, where they showed a great deal of respect for their prisoners. All those positive actions have been so under reported that most Americans are not aware of them. Even Jessica Lynch said she was treated well in the Iraqi hospital; she remembered one of the nurses singing lullabies by her bedside. Even when the US government and media tried to allege abuse she vehemently rejected it. Of course, her story was soon dropped and many in the right wing criticized her.
PS. The Canadian soldiers who tortured the Somali boy were members of a nazi gro
1. Because all the Muslim leaders some way or other helped America and Britain in this war.
2. Because Saudi Arabia provided 3 bases to crusaders to attack Muslims from the holy land.
3. Because Saudi Arabia still providing cheap oil or free oil to crusader army to kill Muslims
4. Because Kuwait provided logistic support to launch war againt Muslims.
5. Bacause Jordan helped the crusader Army to kill muslims in Muslim nation.
6. Because Qatar provided bases to launch this illegal, immoral war against humanity.
6. Because Jews Agent Egypt provided support to this war against Islam
6. Because we muslims just sitting and watching all these happenings.
7. Because we muslims never voiced our opinion with rest of the non-muslim people who opposed this war.
8. We muslims did not support and were NOT there with the non-muslim Americans and Europeans when they protested against this war.
9. Because Arabs and Muslim leaders are not condemning these attrocities, when the leaders of other nations promptly condemn these atrocities.
There are so many things like this. We must blame ourself before blaming others.
As i said earlier,
Christian leaders are doing what they are supposed to do.
Jewish leaders are doing what they are supposed to do.
Muslims leaders(????) are NOT DOING ANYTHING what they are supposed to do.
So for their information they should know that they are fighting the war they cannot defeat. Islam is a very profound religion which no human can dismantle given any situation or circumstance. It is true that by enlarge they managed to defeat communism as an ideology, but as for now they cannot defeat islam as a religion.
May God Bless you for your comments. I hope there are many Americans out there who share your feelings.
Imagine for once, yourself in the shoes of an iraqi prisoner, having been caught while in wrong place at the wrong time, your family subjected to humiliation in front of you, beaten, your women family members frisked in front of your eyes, you are bludgeoned in front of your family, then you are taken to a prison, though no evidence of you having been involved in the resistance fighting is found.
Then at the prison, you are stripped by the women soldiers of the occupying force, spat on, pee'ed on, sodomised, subjected to worst kind of humiliation and torture. Then tell me for God's sake would you not fight to take revenge? Tell me for God's sake would you not take up arms against the enemy and fight them with whatever means available without being concerned for your own life, raging with the feeling of revenge?
Then, yes, that is exactly how you are converted into a so called 'TERRORIST' from a common man. For your fellow brethren, you are a common man, fighting back to avenge the humiliation you suffered at the hands of the enemy while for the enemy, you are a TERRORIST.
I simply shudder at the thought of how many people in the world, not just in Iraq but in any part of the world echo the same story narrated above.
Can you just imagine for once the plight of a common iraqi? whose honor for him is more important than his life? No wonder that in today's Iraq, torned with attrocities, humiliation, murder, rape, plunder, deprivation of basic human rights, it becomes a breeding ground for the so called 'TERRORISTS'.
Your forces coming from the so called the most moral society in the "civilized world" where, your own people are subjected to torture, sexual abuse, and where worst kind of crimes are committed against your own people, can NEVER be able to export your 'SHAM' democracy to Iraq.
The whole world has witnessed the shameless torture of the Iraqis. Get out of Iraq now, before more TERRORISTS are born.
Let me re-quote:
"Religious prejudices against Muslims are inspired by a rhetoric orchestrated by neo-cons and a group of religious radicals led by leaders such as Franklin Graham, Pat Robertson, John Ashcroft and Jerry Falwell and endorsed by military officials such as General Boykins.
"These acts that have drawn outrage from the world community cannot be seen in isolation from statements that some of the most ardent supporters of the current Bush administration have made against Muslims and Islam. Statements like .. Islam is an evil faith - Prophet Muhammad is a violent leader - Muslims worship evil - Muslims send their children to die for God while Christian revere their Lord who sacrificed his life for others - Such statements create hatred against one-fifth population of the world and in the case of Iraq, where most of the people do not share the religious believes of the occupying forces, has created an environment of crusade."
Put simply, the author is scapegoating the so-called right-wing supporters of Bush for supposedly creating an environment in which American soldiers would engage in such heinous acts as those that we have seen on the photographs. That's a farce. These right-wingers are in America, and yet a decade ago some Canadian peacekeepers did the same thing. This is not a problem created by high-profile right-wing Americans.
If anyone is to blame, it is people like Rumsfeld and his subordinates for not taking care of this problem before it became one. The DoD is responsible for our military, not Rush Limbaugh et. al. So we should put blame squarely where blame is due.
The above Reuters story has the following:
One former military police officer said his company killed at least four Iraqis during chaotic disturbances there:
"You've got to understand, although it seems harsh, the Iraqis, they only understand force," he said.
Also recall the scene from Lawrence of Arabia:
Lawrence: "I killed two people. One was yesterday. He was just a boy, and I
led him into quicksand. The other was . . . well . . . before Aqaba. I had
to execute him with my pistol, and there was something about it that I
General Allenby: "That's to be expected."
Lawrence: "No, something else."
General Allenby: "Well, then let it be a lesson."
Lawrence: "No . . . something else."
General Allenby: "What then?"
Lawrence: "I enjoyed it."
Now you can say that you have seen a quote that condemns the Islamic faith. Every people, and religion has its bad seeds, but when an entire faith gets stereotyped thats when it has crossed the line. This article is just pointing out the bad seeds in the U.S. In order for change to be brought about, problems need to be admitted. Knowledge of these bad deeds on the part of the U.S. is essential to try and stop more bad deeds from reoccuring. Like the wise Socrates said "There was one only good, namely, knowledge; and one only evil, namely, ignorance."
Iam very hurt that my fellow muslim were hurt. Inshallah may all muslim on this earth have peace,love,harmony,perfect,health and prosperity and most of all protected.
Why were the Iraqi prisoners tortured? Because they could!!!! Because they had POWER!!! The very fact that they photographed themselves speaks volumes regarding the fact that they truly do not think that these prisoners are human beings. These people are the same kind of people that tie cats together by their tails to see them fight, or attend chicken fights, or dog fights. They are truly of the lost. They really don't think they are wrong. Woe to the oh America, you have rejected your Lord and he will strip you of your finery and punish you most severely for you have surely gone astray.
If you live in the US, write your congressmen, your senators, call for justice! If you don't, write your representatives so that they can pressure our government. This must be stopped, immediately!.
May Allah look into our hearts and not find us wanting.
Of course, for patriotic Americans, there might yet be a silver lining to this particular scandal. Why would U.S military leaders choose to share their little "photo album" with the American people at this point in time - because the U.S. military could not hope to delay or defuse an investigation into events at a facility under U.S. military control? In the past, U.S. military leaders have submitted fantastic estimates of costs and manpower requirements to U.S. politicians, in order to avoid misapplications of U.S. military assets. Perhaps the U.S. military is hoping to employ "negative press" for similar purposes, especially in the face of increased political meddling (beyond being promised whatever it takes to finish half the job, as usual).
"Religious prejudices against Muslims are inspired by a rhetoric orchestrated by neo-cons and a group of religious radicals led by leaders such as Franklin Graham, Pat Robertson, John Ashcroft and Jerry Falwell and endorsed by military officials such as General Boykins."
This is indeed true these people are injecting hatred and injustice. These are the Christian radicals (people) who are leading this great country. These are the people who are slowly but steadly destroying America and its value.
Thier Christian Ideology is very dangerous and will lead to destruction.
It's the prejudice against Muslims, that quote says nothing of them endorsing sexual torture. So please if you want to defend the above mentioned people then be my guest. But before you defend them I challenge you to show me quotes of any of those above mentioned people that praises Muslims, or Islam.
Americans have long lived under an illusion of their righteousness. America is a land saturated with lies, disrespect, xenophobia, immorality, and racism. People like Pat Robertson are a disgrace to Christianity. They are liars, and they sanction the murder of anyone who is not like them.
I understand about humiliation. I have experienced it from my own "people" (Christians and black Americans). I have experienced from white Americans. But my humiliation is nothing to that those Iraqi men and others experienced. When will more Americans and Christians get off their high horse and realize that they are not superior to anyone. The Bible states that God loves all people and do not wish to see anyone perish.
I am ashamed as a woman who happens to live in America of the photos I saw. I see now that it will take utter catastrophe for more Americans to stop being self-centered, and to stop profiting off the misery of others. I pray that someday, America will awake from its coma of apathy and greed, and become the place it claims to be. The Bible says that pride goeth before the fall. Since it may take God to destroy George W. Bush and his minions in body and spirit before they apologize to the Arab and Muslim world, I will apologize for them. I apologize for the barbarity of a people I am ashamed that are my fellow Americans.
I don't think most Americans realize how serious this situation is, and the nature of these dangerous Un-Christlike people who run the US government. It only took a diamond necklace to bring down the French monarchy in the 1700s. A group of atrocious photos could do the same for America.
Anyone can see this through the portrayal of non whites and especially Muslims in movies; we can see it more clearly in the slant of news in mainstream media, whether they are tv news and documentaries, radio and print. Muslims have felt hated in the West long before 911 and the hatred and dehumanization has reached a level comparison to the nazi era when the Jews were dehumanized in similar fashion.
The question Americans ask "Why do they hate us?" shows the core of the problem. They are the ones who hate, they are the ones who have gone to Muslims lands killed multitudes of people, devasted entire people and control the fate of millions in that part of the world. Yet, they want to be loved, appreciated for their goodness and on top of that they feel they have the right to hate Muslims and they site 911 and other terrorist attacks, while they do not acknowledge any responsibility of the hundreds of thousands of Muslims who died as a result of their military and policy actions. To sum up they are pretty much saying love us while we hate you.
""Religious prejudices against Muslims are inspired by a rhetoric orchestrated by neo-cons and a group of religious radicals led by leaders such as Franklin Graham, Pat Robertson, John Ashcroft and Jerry Falwell and endorsed by military officials such as General Boykins."
I challenge anyone to give a single quote by any of the above mentioned individuals to show that any of them specifically endorsed the sexual torture of POWs."
Obviously anyone can see that the article states that these individuals endorse religious prejudices against Muslims. The artist formerly known as Nick Cameron's addition of the words "endorsed sexual torture of POW's" ARE his own words and his own naive perception.
The article demonstrates that the root of the problem lies within the so called leaders of American society and their perceptions, attitudes, and lack of understanding of Muslims and Islam.
That's just the hard truth, so I guess the artist formerly known as Nick should stop drawing his own conclusions and understand where the root of hte problem lies within American society and it's so called leaders and their ideological mindset's which constantly attack and defame the Islamic faith and it's believers.
George W. Bush, and Donald Rumsfeld, and General Boykin's attempts to calm the situation have fallen on deaf ears, simply because the US occupiers cannot be trusted.
Also, this is not an isolated incident which happened in Abu Ghraib prison, as new photo's of different prisoners was released I believe either today or yesterday, showing American Marines dragging Iraqi's by a collar on the ground like dogs.
Let more of the truth to be unveiled, to show the world the gruesome nature of Western occupiers...lastly, lets not forget British soldiers urinating on Iraqi'