Sunday, November 27, 2005


It's Official: Iraq Human Rights Abuses Now *WORSE* than Saddam

It's official because PM Iyad Allawi says so: 'People are doing the same as [in] Saddam's time and worse,' Ayad Allawi told The Observer. 'It is an appropriate comparison. People are remembering the days of Saddam. These were the precise reasons that we fought Saddam and now we are seeing the same things.' In a damning and wide-ranging indictment of Iraq's escalating human rights catastrophe, Allawi accused fellow Shias in the government of being responsible for death squads and secret torture centres. The brutality of elements in the new security forces rivals that of Saddam's secret police, he said. And in this cheering note: He added that he now had so little faith in the rule of law that he had instructed his own bodyguards to fire on any police car that attempted to approach his headquarters without prior notice, following the implication of police units in many of the abuses. It should be great to watch Scott McClellan spin this one.
I'll send this little ditty to Helen Thomas. I KNOW she'll try to bring it up. :-)

But of course, we know what the Mouth of Sauron will say: "It's the liberals' fault because they didn't clap louder like we asked them to!!!"
What Saddam did was worse because we're killing people to bring democracy to Iraq and he was killing people to impose tyranny on them.

Besides, we're not killing people, the insurgents are killing them. The people killed by U.S. troops wouldn't have died if the insurgents hadn't made fighting necessary.

But really, I'm expecting the Mout of Sauron's response to be an ad hominem attack on Helen for asking the question.
I think you missed the [irony] [/irony] tags around your comment, MEC. These days it's hard to know. I spent the better part of an hour explaining to a relative-- who is a great supporter of Native Americans and horrified by the genocide against them-- why it was not strictly speaking necessary for the US Army to attack Fallujah.
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