The U.S President caused outrage two weeks ago after he said that graphic images of U.S soldiers torturing and abusing Iraqi Prisoners must not be published because it would inflame anti-American feeling in Iraq and Afghanistan. The irony of the situation is how sure is Mr. President that the quoted ‘Anti-American’ feelings are already NOT widely prevailing among the Iraqi and Afghani citizens after what havoc America has played in their countries?
Well, not to break the sweet dream but the Anti-American feelings already do exist and will continue to exist in these two countries for quite some time in near future. But who, by releasing these graphic images would actually get affected is no one else, but America itself. The very ‘Anti-American’ feelings will take an all new fresh start within the U.S states and that, Obama Administration is fearful of and therefore refusing to release the horrendous images of U.S soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners in notorious Abu Gharib prison in Baghdad.
The Retired Major General Antonio Taguba, who was in-charge of a 2004 investigation into abuse at the prison said, “The mere description of these pictures is horrendous enough, take my word for it.” Human rights groups are now pressurizing Obama Administration by demanding release of the banned photos for the world to see. The graphic photos show male and female prisoners being raped by soldiers, sexual assaults on prisoners with truncheons, wires and phosphorescent tubes.
When Obama was elected last November, he took pledge to release the photos which were believed to relate to some 400 cases of abuse at Abu Gharib. At that time, the administration claimed that the photos were of the similar nature as those released earlier in 2004 which showed U.S servicemen and women humiliating Iraqi detainees. Obama is now backing out of his promise and this definitely means those graphic images are in fact horrendous enough despite various spokesmen claiming that characterization of these graphic images is overly exaggerated.
If this is not the case then why not let the curtains fall and the actual truth be told (save humiliation to the convicted U.S soldiers, which is definitely not the case) and if yes, then why not let the world see the evil atrocities brought down on Iraqi prisoners and face the Anti-American feelings by sincerely trying to mitigate the damage already done. For as you sow, so shall you reap!