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Away From Home

Friday, May 20, 2005

On the Saddam photos

The UK newspaper (tabloid?) The Sun has printed a group of photos of Saddam Hussein, in captivity, including a front-page picture of him in his skivs. It says it got the pictures from a US military source "in the hope of dealing a body blow to the resistance in Iraq.''

Bad idea, guys.

I will say nothing, and take no position, on the legality or appropriateness of The Sun's printing of the photos. They should have never gotten the photos in the first place.

As the article suggests, releasing the pictures could be a violation of the Geneva Convention, which states that prisoners of war must be treated humanely. Spreading pictures like that around is the sort of thing you would do to a caged animal in a zoo, not a person. Plus, even though he's in military prison, he still has some semblance of privacy, at least from the public at large. Also, such displays are not going to break the resistance. If anything, the release of such ridiculous images will only infuriate them more by thinking How dare they publicly humiliate our leader like this!

Most importantly, how can we, the United States, claim to be "the shining city on the hill" (as Reagan put it), if we have to stoop to such lows?


  • Honestly, if they wanted to deal a 'body blow' to the resistance, they should have photographed the wife/sister/female relative of one of the leaders of the resistance and then CGed her into a Playboy shoot. Or something similar. Saddam in his skivvies is taking the war to an all new level. What kind of sick person takes photos of a deposed old man in his underwear?! Sickening, absolutely sickening. Whoever took those photos and subsequently sold them needs to be shot. Painfully. Or, even better, strung out on the rack. gah!

    By Blogger Mela, at 5/23/2005 04:47:00 PM  

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