We have all heard about some US troops abusing some of the Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. But how does it really compare to the abuses that were done
by Saddam's regime? Is it true what some people are saying that "It was better when Saddam was in power?"
To Saddam's prisoners, US abuse seems 'a joke'
"So far, the organization has been able to confirm the execution of 147,000 prisoners by Saddam.
Ibrahim Idrissi has mixed feelings about the recent uproar caused by the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib under the US occupation. "As a
humanitarian organization, we oppose this," he says. "But these are soldiers who have come to Iraq to fight, not to be prison guards. It was to be
expected. Of course, if there are innocent people in there ... it is possible, I guess, that some of them are innocent."
If Idrissi seems a bit callous about the fate of the Iraqis in US-run jails, he has probably earned the right to differ. He recalls a day in 1982, at
the General Security prison in Baghdad:
"They called all the prisoners out to the courtyard for what they called a 'celebration.' We all knew what they meant by 'celebration.' All the
prisoners were chained to a pipe that ran the length of the courtyard wall. One prisoner, Amer al-Tikriti, was called out. They said if he didn't
tell them everything they wanted to know, they would show him torture like he had never seen. He merely told them he would show them patience like
they had never seen." Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
For us it is clear that even if the survivors of Saddam's regime, and those who were affected by this evil man say these abuses, done by some US
soldiers, were only a joke compared to what Saddam and his loyal subjects did, that doesn't make what the US soldiers did was a joke to us, and they
shouldn't be treated that way. Those soldiers who committed these abuses are paying for what they did, and any more abuses will surely be dealt
But is it possible that many of those Iraqis who were outraged for some of the US abuses could have been loyalists to Saddam and even sympathizers?
Every regime has these kind of people, since a regime cannot survive by oppresing all the people and these regimes need people to work for them too.
The Daily Star (Lebanon)
[Edited on 25-5-2004 by SkepticOverlord]