Wednesday, November 16, 2005

What a load of CRAP!

ITN News: Jack Straw shocked by Baghdad abuse allegations

The Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has condemned the alleged abuse of 170 detainees held by Iraqi security forces in Baghdad.

He said he was "deeply shocked" after US troops discovered the malnourished inmates at an interior ministry detention centre on Sunday.

Washington has also said it's troubled by the discovery after some of the inmates were found to be showing signs of apparent torture. Iraqi's prime minister has ordered a full investigation.

He said: "Such behaviour is totally unacceptable. I very much welcome the immediate investigation announced by Iraqi prime minister Ja'afari today and his confirmation that such practices are completely contrary to Iraqi government policy.

"Whoever carried out this abuse must be caught and brought to justice, regardless of rank or background. We look forward to seeing the results of this investigation as soon as possible.

"Steps must be taken to prevent this sort of incident happening again."

OK so Mr Straw is shocked? really? I wonder why he hasn't expressed the same outrage against VP Dick Cheney? It is Cheney after-all that wants the CIA to be exempt from torture.

Or what about the President, GW Bush?

Those limitations do not extend to the CIA, however. Citing “national security”, the Bush administration has vigorously argued that the CIA be excluded from the restrictions. Bush has threatened to veto a Senate bill to ban torture - McCain is its chief proponent.
Jack straw should, perhaps, aim his shock and revulsion at the administration that supported and encouraged torture in the first place.

Now I ask myself, Why did we replace Saddam and in what way are Iraqis better off?

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