May 8th, 2004
The Spirit Of Truth
were dealing here with a broad pattern, not individual acts. There was a pattern
and a system."
- Pierre Kraehenbuehl, director of operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross
CBS News broke the story of Iraqi prisoner abuse in its 60 Minutes II program on April 29th since which a growing political storm has raged that today reached the level of Congressional and Senate hearings in which Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was on the hot seat. Rumsfeld offered his "deepest apology" to Iraqi prisoners abused by sadistic military personnel and said that even more disturbing videos and photos are yet to come. "It's going to get a good deal more terrible, I'm afraid," he forewarned (Reuters).
CBS News already has accessed some video clips of Iraqi soldiers being tortured and sadistically abused.
Dan Rather reports: TORTURE OF IRAQI SOLDIERS - (WARNING: This video segment contains graphic violence.)
Some of the raw footage used to produce this CBS report is taken from the following clips:
IRAQI SOLDIER TORTURE VIDEO CLIP #1 (~7 Meg)
IRAQI SOLDIER TORTURE VIDEO CLIP #2 (~8 Meg)
Likewise, ABC News is aware of just how far the torture of Iraqis has gone.
Fortunately, the international community and worldwide organizations like the United Nations, the Red Cross and Amnesty International aren't turning a blind eye to the sufferings of the Iraqi people and are steadfast in their resolve to provide assistance regardless of the danger. In the face of the crimes that have been committed, they are going to hold accountable those responsible even if the Bush Administration does not.
Where was the media attention and international outrage while Saddam and his sadistic sons were torturing, raping and murdering hundreds of thousands of Iraqis?
Where were the Democrats cries for the accountability of our leaders while the Clinton Administration turned a blind eye to the atrocities being committed against the Iraqi people on a daily basis by the Butcher of Baghdad?
The Bush Administration took on the Iraqi challenge and freed 25 million people from the stranglehold of the despicable, despotic Baathist regime. Saddam has been captured and his sadistic sons killed. The Iraqi people have been freed from brutal tyranny and persecution, and now at least they have a chance for democracy.
I do not condone the crimes committed by American soldiers against Iraqi prisoners. But in the context of what has been achieved, people should not throw out the baby with the bath water. The culpable soldiers and the commanders that were in a position to stop the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners should be, and I trust will be, punished to the fullest extent of the law. But disparaging the Bush Administration and the war being fought for what happened at Abu Ghraib prison and completely ignoring the successes achieved in Iraq to-date is an anti-American, anti-freedom farce.
Maybe some people, and most journalists, should be a little less preoccupied with unseating Bush from the presidency and a little more concerned with winning the War on Terror and freeing 50 million people in Afghanistan and Iraq from despotism and needless suffering.
Increasingly what we see unfolding in the United States is tantamount to high treason by members of the Democratic party and their allies in the leftist media. Regardless of one's political affiliation, our allegiance as Americans should be the same as that recited in our Pledge (for those who need a reminder):
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
If you believe in America....if you believe "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"....if you believe in the merits of freedom, democracy and human rights.....if you believe in a just God, then you have to acknowledge that what we stand for in the world is consistent with the intentions of He who created us. Sometimes individual Americans waiver from the righteous path we have been called to follow, but this should never, ever sabotage our mission of bringing freedom, democracy and the rule of God's law to the rest of the world where and when possible.
Some American soldiers in Iraq, and possibly some of their commanders, lost sight of what America is about and acted criminally for which they will soon answer. But do not let this undermine the greater cause that is now our duty....to free the people of Iraq from the murderous tyranny of Saddam Hussein and those of his ilk.
9/11 MURAL FOUND IN IRAQ ON APRIL 9, 2003
"In this man's heart (Osama bin Laden) you'll find
a strange determination that he will reach one day the tunnels of the White House
and will bomb it with everything that is in it.....with the seriousness of the Bedouin
of the desert about the way he will try to bomb the Pentagon after he destroys the White House.
...the revolutionary bin Laden is insisting very convincingly that he will strike America on the arm that is already hurting.
That the man....will curse the memory of Frank Sinatra every time he hears his songs."
(A reference to Sinatra's "New York, New York"?)
- From the Iraqi publication Al-Nasiriya: July
(Also noted in the Wall Street Journal, "Saddam and the Next 9/11", 2/14/03)
"At this stage it is possible to turn to biological
attack, where a small can,
not bigger than the size of the hand, can be used to release viruses that affect everything....
The viruses easily spread by air, and people are affected without feeling it."
- Uday Hussein, 9/20/01
(NOTE: The first Anthrax-laced letters were mailed on 9/18/01)
(That means Hussein's son wrote this before any news had come out about the Anthrax mailings in the U.S.)
(Noted in the Wall Street Journal, "Saddam and the Next 9/11", 2/14/03)
"From inside America, how five planes flew.
Such a mishap never happened in the past!
And nothing similar will happen.
Six thousand infidels died.
Bin Ladin did not do it;
the luck of the president [Saddam] did it."
of poem recited in the presence of President Saddam Hussein by
Shaykh Ali Bin Shallal, head of the al-Sharji tribes, at a meeting with
tribal chieftains from Basra and Maysan Governates on 12/3/01.
Was the 5th plane the crash of AA Flight 587 into Queens, NYC on November 12, 2001?)
"Hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes, but see not, who have ears, but hear not. Do you not fear me? says the LORD; Do you not tremble before me? I placed the sand as the bound for the sea, a perpetual barrier which it cannot pass; though the waves toss, they cannot prevail, though they roar, they cannot pass over it. But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart; they have turned aside and gone away. They do not say in their hearts, `Let us fear the LORD our God, who gives the rain in its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.' Your iniquities have turned these away, and your sins have kept good from you. For wicked men are found among my people; they lurk like fowlers lying in wait. They set a trap; they catch men. Like a basket full of birds, their houses are full of treachery; therefore they have become great and rich, they have grown fat and sleek. They know no bounds in deeds of wickedness; they judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy. Shall I not punish them for these things? says the LORD, and shall I not avenge myself on a nation such as this?" Jeremiah 5:21-29