(By Ray D.)
For SPIEGEL ONLINE, the misdeeds of a few represent a "moral catastrophe" for the many. Despite the very clear line taken by the US government and military stating that such behavior is unacceptable, and despite the fact that everyone involved all the way up to the President has apologized for the misdeeds committed in Abu Ghraib, SPIEGEL ONLINE still insists that the affair is proof of America’s moral deficiency as a nation.
The events at Abu Ghraib have allowed many in the European media to re-assume the accustomed role they so highly cherish of lecturing the United States from the moral high ground. It would appear from reading the German press that the United States had simply condoned the entire matter, which, in reality, could not be farther from the truth.
European Indifference to Saddam’s Mass Graves a True “Moral Catastrophe”
A true "moral catastrophe" which has been occurring in our midst since the first Gulf War is the media’s and the general public’s disinterest in the victims of the Saddam Hussein regime.
Saddam's victims: Hundreds of thousands shared their fate while the European media looked the other way...
It is less of a moral catastrophe to act and make mistakes in the process than it is to stand quietly by and allow Fascist regimes to willfully commit genocide and torture on a mass scale while defying the international community again and again and again on the issue of weapons of mass destruction.
Yes, the German media has done some cursory reporting on Saddam’s crimes. An occasional token article, perhaps even a cover. But compared to the level of ink spilled by and air-time afforded those reporting on America’s problems and mistakes in Iraq, the level of reporting on the horrors of Saddam’s regime has been minimal. And that, in fact, represents the double-standard that this web-site is dedicated to exposing.
Fischer on Three Day Visit to the USA May 10-12: Is the Bush Administration Aware of the Green Party’s Platform?
It is also interesting to note that German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer apparently feels he is in a position to lecture the Bush Administration on the torture issue despite the fact that his party has openly published an article as a part of its platform for European parliamentary elections entitled: “Do Whatever it Takes to Get Bush Voted Out.”
Official platform of German Foreign Minister Fischer’s Green party: “Do whatever it takes to get Bush voted out”
Has anyone made the Bush Administration aware of the fact that Fischer’s Green party is openly advocating doing “whatever it takes to get Bush voted out” in an attempt to win election in the European Parliament? Doesn’t that represent massive interference in internal US affairs? How can the Bush Administration receive Fischer in a cordial manner when the German Foreign Minister’s party is loudly advocating its downfall and exploiting anti-US sentiment for its own political gain?
Isn’t that a "moral catastrophe?"
We have more information here on the anti-Bush propaganda of German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's party.
UPDATE for our readers: You can contact a number of organizations and institutions to voice your displeasure on this matter, we suggest contacting the White House, the State Department and the German Embassy in Washington, D.C.
These are the members of the Congress Committee on International Relations. Clicking on the pics will lead you to their e-mail address. And these are the members of the SUBCOMMITTEE ON EUROPE of the Congress Committee on International Relations.
And, finally, here are the members of the U.S. Senate's Committee on Foreign Relations.
Please email us with any other suggestions as to whom it would be useful to contact on this.