Some people are mentally so sick that they just cannot keep themselves away from showing off how inhumane they can become. In the year 2004 world was shocked to see the photographs showing prisoner torture in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Today, I am presenting three of these photographs that became symbols of these shameful events.
We all know, how America attacked Iraq in the name of saving the Iraqi people from reign of dictator Saddam Hussein. We also know the hidden but real motives behind America’s unwelcome performance as “world’s savior”. After announcing war on Iraq the popularity of the US President George W. Bush took a nosedive world over. The incidences of torture, rape, sodomy, and homicide of the prisoners held in the Abu Ghraib prison only further hurt the image of Bush, and that of Americans in general.
These photographs were instrumental in slapping the labels of arrogant, insensitive, inhuman, sick and unwanted on the face of America. Although American authorities kept repeating that the Abu Ghraib events were not consistent with the culture of America and sensitivities of Americans; but the damage had already been inflicted on America, ironically, by Americans only. An Archbishop in the Vatican said that the Abu Ghraib events damaged America more than the September 11 events did.
The above iconic photograph was published on the cover of the 8th May 2004 issue of The Economist. It shows an Abu Gharib prison inmate standing on a box. The prisoner is attached to electrical wires, apparently for giving him shocks. According to Wikipedia, as on 2 March 2015, this prisoner’s name is Ali Shallal al-Qaisi. But an article on the New York Times says that al-Qaisi’s claim to be the man-in-the-photo is false.
The reputed magazine asked the then Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, to resign in the wake of such horrendous abuse of the inmates in Abu Gharib prison.
A certain woman officer named Lynndie England appears in both of the above photographs. She was serving as Specialist with the United States Army when she was sent off to Iraq. In the first photograph, England is seen holding the leash attached to a prison inmate’s neck. The prisoner is seen lying naked on ground.
In second picture, England is seen making gesture as though she is shooting the genitals of male inmates who were forced to masturbate on camera. Lynndie England was sentenced for 10 years in prison after, along with other soldiers, she was found guilty of inflicting sexual, physical and psychological abuse on Iraqi prisoners of war.
Such horrendous war crimes were committed by certain US soldiers (especially by the 372nd Military Police Company of which England was a part) that it is hard to imagine what degree of sickness these soldiers were infected with. There are a number of other, and more disgusting, photographs from Abu Ghraib. But I do not have courage to post them here. I can not describe the insanity of such unfathomable magnitude.
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