Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Burn, Abu Ghraib, Burn!
So as the Prez said last night, with appropriate Iraqi permission "we will demolish the Abu Ghraib prison." Raze it, take down to the foundations. This seems to be an idea that has been pushed by Republicans since the prisoner abuse scandal started. I heard it mentioned several times during the Rumsfeld hearings (House and Senate), and it really seems to be a deflection of the issue. What a nice symbolic gesture, the Republicans say. Well excuse me for bringing this up, but it wasn't the prison itself that tortured Iraqi prisoners. The prison isn't haunted, didn't take control of guards and interrogators and force them to do horrible things. This isn't the hotel in the Shining, with phantom blood pouring out of the elevators. How about this - instead of a nice symbolic gesture, we have something substantive: a real, thorough investigation of the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib (and elsewhere throughout US run prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan and Guantanamo) and make some changes. I think that would do a lot more towards narrowing the rift between the US and Iraqis, and I think this idea of holding a building more responsible than the people who ran it is a smokescreen.