Skip to main content

View Diary: BREAKING - New Abu Ghraib Photos Released (W/MORE IMAGES) (330 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  I'm afraid not (4.00)
    I share the outrage behind your comparison, but here's only one account of torture under Hussein, excerpted from Robert Fisk's book The Great War for Civilisation:

    The torture techniques in Baghdad were routine and varied in severity.  The electric shocks could be everywhere.  But sometimes they would burn people on the genitals and go on burning until they were completely burned off.  They did the same with toes.  They sometimes beat people with iron on the stomach or the chest.  But with me, they were very careful not to leave any sign on me.  I saw one man and they had used an iron on his stomach.  They used drills and made holes in bones, arms and legs.  I saw an officer, Naqib Hamid, and they dissolved his feet in acid.  There was another torture where they would put sulphuric acid in a tub.  They would take a man and start by dissolving his hands.  Once, the founder of the Dawa party, Abdul Saheb Khail, was totally dissolved.  Baraq said to me: "Have you heard about Khail -- there is where we dissolved him."

    Another account describes how a woman at the internal security headquarters, accompanied by her three children, saw her 10-year-old daughter, six-year-old son, and infant boy killed right in front of her, one after the other, and sent out on the rubbish trolley.

    I wouldn't argue with you that after a certain level of barbarity, it makes no sense to weigh atrocities - bombing entire villages is no better.

    I only care about our making our arguments without diminishing the brutality of others.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

  • Recommended (139)
  • Community (52)
  • Baltimore (38)
  • Civil Rights (35)
  • Bernie Sanders (30)
  • Culture (27)
  • Economy (25)
  • Elections (24)
  • Texas (23)
  • Law (23)
  • Labor (19)
  • 2016 (18)
  • Environment (18)
  • Rescued (18)
  • Hillary Clinton (17)
  • Education (17)
  • Freddie Gray (16)
  • Politics (16)
  • Barack Obama (16)
  • Media (16)
  • Click here for the mobile view of the site