I was watching the news today and on a break from pilorying Vice President Cheney for having “covered up” his hunting accident this weekend, a piece came up about the new Abu Ghraib photos, implicating even worse treatment of terrorists at the infamous Iraqi prison.
What purpose does the release of more photos of an old story serve? Clearly, I thought, this will only further incite America-hatred among those in the region (and in fact, here at home) who opposed the liberation of Iraq from Saddam. After all, the “bottom’s been gotten to” as the old lady who used to baby-sit me would say, and people have been held accountable. Not much more could be constructively gained.
Apparently what’s clear to me isn’t clear to Australian media outlets. As the CNN piece continued (I can’t find the transcript, but if you can, I’d love to receive it), some guy from SBS, the Australian news outlet which released the photos addressed the issue of further endangering coalition troops (yes, including Aussies) by making the images public.
His reaction to the suggestion they were likely exacerbating the danger the troops face was (paraphrase): American and Australian troops are daily in tremendous peril. I don’t see how the publication of a few photos like this would put them in any further danger.
Oh really? I don’t know if SBS is following it, but nut-jobs around the Muslim world are trying to destroy everything in sight because somebody published cartoons that they consider to be insulting to Muhammad. With the story of riots and killings over something as innocuous as political cartoons still making the news daily, does this guy really believe what he says?
It’s clear many on the left have lost their sense not only of proportionality, but also any sense whatsoever. It doesn’t take a genius to predict what’s going to happen “on the Arab street”, as they say. To deny this (and worse, to actually think people will believe you when you do) demonstrates a clear separation from reality.
It’s almost as nuts as, say, going to the Jeddah Economic Forum during a time of war and going on and on about how bad America is. Who’d be so crazy as to do that?