Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Saddam gone, Iraqis still torture.

In case you haven't heard...on the day of the turnover to Iraq of sovereignty, American troops saw Iraqis torture prisoners and proceded to intervene but were then ordered to leave by higher military command. Read the link for the full story, but here is a portion of the story from the Portland Oregonian.

From his post several stories above ground level, he watched as men in plainclothes beat blindfolded and bound prisoners in the enclosed grounds of the Iraqi Interior Ministry. He immediately radioed for help. Soon after, a team of Oregon Army National Guard soldiers swept into the yard and found dozens of Iraqi detainees who said they had been beaten, starved and deprived of water for three days.

In a nearby building, the soldiers counted dozens more prisoners and what appeared to be torture devices -- metal rods, rubber hoses, electrical wires and bottles of chemicals. Many of the Iraqis, including one identified as a 14-year-old boy, had fresh welts and bruises across their back and legs.

The soldiers disarmed the Iraqi jailers, moved the prisoners into the shade, released their handcuffs and administered first aid. Lt. Col. Daniel Hendrickson of Albany, Ore., the highest ranking American at the scene, radioed for instructions. But in a move that frustrated and infuriated the guardsmen, Hendrickson's superior officers told him to return the prisoners to their abusers and immediately withdraw. It was June 29 -- Iraq's first official day as a sovereign country since the U.S.-led invasion.

Oh what a tangled web we've weaved. Saddam tortured, Abu Ghraib torture, the new Iraq tortures. This whole war has been just a tortured dream come true as a living nightmare.


Blogger |'m[e][i] said...

Ref: 'Dire Straits' comment.
You caught me mid-construction 0_= 'Romeo and Juliet' is a classy song =)

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