I've gotten some criticism from readers who say I neglected the prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq, while giving attention to the case of Nicholas Berg. Sometimes it takes a while to be able to put a thought into coherent words, sometimes it's impossible. The goings on at Abu Ghraib is a strong example. I simply am speechless regarding this story.
While I am naturally furious at those who created the environment in which this could happen, I am also slightly sympathetic to what is obviously a public relations disaster for US foreign policy. The stain of the sins committed at Abu Ghraib and other American prisons will remain forever, and any remote chance Americans had of doing any good in the middle east is gone.
Even Nick Berg's murderers failed to overshadow the prisoner abuse scandal.
Meanwhile battles rage between US troops and the Mahdi army boogeymen, and holy mosques have been damaged in the crossfire. And Sadr's fighters have been declared heretics by the Ayatollah Sistani. I wonder if shiite muslims in Iraq will join with Sistani in blaming Muqtada al Sadr for this, or follow logic and blame the Americans (who were the ones shooting at the mosque after all).
What is really annoying me is the war of lies that happens each time some incident occurs. With all the wild accusations flying in either direction it is impossible for me to believe anything I read. Who's to know, REALLY, if it was a wedding party that was attacked by American forces, or a rebel camp? And how am I to surmise whether US forces had a hand in Nick Berg's death or not?
You can't fool everyone all the time, but you can certainly bewilder them. I am currently in a state of growing bewilderment regarding the war in Iraq. Oh, and I can't wait to see Michael Moore's movie, "Farenheit 911"
Raed has been making some great posts lately. I like his fighting and analytical style. Raed's posts come across to me as heartfelt and balanced.