Friday, May 20, 2005

I See Paris, I See France, I See Saddam Hussein's Underpants.

That both the Sun and the NY Post ran these pictures of Saddam in captivity is nearly as bad as the Newsweek thing. But the Saddam "exclusive" comes to us from unabashadly right wing publications.

The White House is condeming this (but of course there those who think the "condemnation" is fake -- that it was, in fact, the White House that released them). The story in the Post goes that someone on the inside sent the pictures to London's The Sun in hopes that "the insurgency" would be crushed seeing Saddam reduced to a tighty-whitey wearing object of humiliation and ridicule.

This is, in my opinion, a case of hypocricy. And our government in this country is right--whether they're faking us out or not on their "stance" about the "leak"--this is a violation of the Geneva Convention. If the U.S.A. is going to continue waging this war, and have any success in winning the "hearts and minds" of Iraqis (and others for that matter), it is going to have to play by the rules, even though the insurgents don't. Yes, showing a former dictator imprisoned in his drawers is not the same thing as showing a beheading, but we have to "be the bigger person", or country, as it were. Besides, these pictures are not going to wound the insurgents--if anything they are going to fuel their anger and hatred.

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