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Nachtrag zu einem alten thread. In Deutschland waren diese Menschen nur für wenige Stunden eine Kurzmeldung wert:
Fatah und Jihad töten schwangere Israelin und ihre vier Kinder im Gazastreifen
Zwei palästinensische Terroristen haben am Sonntagnachmittag auf der Kissufim-Straße in der Nähe des Gush Katif Siedlungsblocks im Gazastreifen das Feuer auf ein israelisches Fahrzeug eröffnet. Bei dem Überfall wurden eine schwangere Frau und ihre vier Kinder getötet. Der Wagen geriet nach den ersten Schüssen von der Fahrbahn. Danach näherten sich die Terroristen dem liegengebliebenen Wagen und erschossen die Insassen aus nächster Nähe. Die Opfer sind Tali Hatuel (34) und ihre vier Kinder Hila (11), Hadar (9), Roni (7) und Merav (2), alle aus Katif. Tali Hatuel arbeitete als Sozialarbeiterin und war im 8. Monat schwanger.

Ich bin jedenfalls froh daß die Story in den USA hohe Wellen schlägt. Sehr froh, aber keineswegs überrascht (nicht dass der geneigte Blockwart mir gleich Gönnerhaftigkeit gegenüber den Amerikanern unterstellt. Gott bewahre).
Und ich bin auch froh darüber daß einige Amerikaner sich gegen die geschmacklose und anbiedernde Schützenhilfe von seiten der Bushverherrlichenden vorsichtig distanzieren (mittlerweile glaube ich, daß diejenigen die Bush so feurig verteidigen genau die Gleichen sind wie die die ihn so feurig verdammen. Bei den einen ist es halt positive bei den anderen negative Besessenheit).
Weil jeder mit halbwegs politischem Interesse weiß, dass es bei dem Folterskandal nicht um G.W. Bush oder Rumsfeld oder um eine Verschwörung der deutschen Medien gegen herbeihalluzinierte Hegemonialbestrebungen der USA geht, sondern um eine hochkritische Situation für das hochriskante nichtsdestotrotz gerechtfertigte und damit auch gerechte Projekt der Entsaddamisierung des Irak.
Wer davor die Augen verschließt, und sich stattdessen in der Aufdeckung neubrandenburger Polizeiübergriffe ergeht (warum ausgerechnet jetzt?), zeigt definitiv keinerlei Interesse am Irak, sondern nur daran in seinem festgefügten Weltbild nicht erschüttert zu werden.
Hier würde sich dann quasi der Kreis zur Friedensbewegung schliessen. Antipodisch zwar aber trotzdem.

"Just the tip of the iceberg..."

I will break the non-written "rule" now. I know, we cannot go one step back. This is why many here don't like Klink I guess. And they are right. We don't need anyone looking for "compromises" like Klink at least says he tries, since there is no ground to give to the Anti-Americans in our country. Klink, with your constant denying that the German media and public is mostly biased against the US, in a very worrying manner, you are working into the hands of Anti-Americans. You say you dislike fanatics - well, so do we here, I guess, the readers of this blog, this small peninsula in the German media world of pro-Americanism, and its founders. I guess it's just that we don't take any prisoners anymore. The time of trying to find compromises with Anti-Americans IS OVER. Either us or them. You might call it fanatic. I call it determination. I say again, there is NO GROUND to give here to Anti-Americans. They can get their fix anywhere else in the media, and they will. Would they actually be interested in a diplomatic, "solving" approach, they would watch and value, say, left US media. But even CNN is named a "propaganda channel" right here in our media. They don't give a damn about the US-German friendship, they wish it to hell! Understand that, damnit! We're already at the cliff here in Germany, in terms of Anti-Americanism and modern Anti-Semitism.

But now, as I said, I will break my own rule now. To continue on this torture thing is lame. It's true that inner-law issues in Germany, and abuse by Police forces in Germany has little to do with what happened in Iraq imho. Iraq IS, or at least was, about winning the hearts and minds. What those soldiers did there was JUST SHIT. There is no point in starting some kind of "body counting" now. I understand the message this blog tries to get over: The torture by US soldiers is only utilized by the media, especially considering how little they cared about the mass graves and the human rights condition in Iraq before. Or how little they care about atrocities conducted periodicly by suicide bombers. And this is true. However, to keep riding it trying to relativate it, or even just to put it in perspective, is wrong in my opinion.

When I first saw the pictures of the tortures, I was shocked. Not because I wouldn't know stuff like this might happen in a war or any Army. I was shocked just because it was horrific. Full stop. That's it. And then, not only was it horrific, but it also dealt a blow to the rightous American effort in Iraq (or Middle East). And if it is only because Anti-Americans will utilize it! We all knew that they would do. It's just another reason why it simply must not have happened in the first place.

You know, I believe in the following sentence, because it is very true: When you fight a monster, watch out not to become one yourself.
It might not always work, but we should strife for it.
So the only thing we should do is condemn these actions, because no one of us did like them either.

I will tell you some now: Deep within me, seeing all the Anti-American hatred, it came as far as that, when I see a Muslim or a head-scarfed women in the streets: I take the presumption that sure enough they don't harbor any friendly feelings towards the US, the West. I then think: "Yeah, you sure like living here in the free West, stupid German government letting you do everything, like plotting the 9/11 thing, huh? Utilizing its freedom while at the same time plotting against it, and be it only by wearing your head scarf, thus giving into your shit fascist ideology. You sure are not losing any teers for innocent Israelis killed by a suicide bomber, are you? Then, the other part within me gets awake and says "SHUT THE FUCK UP! Not guilty until proven otherwise, we have individuals here in this country, with each his own background, not groups! You are generalizing!". And I will hold the door open for a muslim women entering the super market, because where I come from, we honor women in that manner. Doesn't matter whether she likes it or not: If she doesn't, she better gets used to it quickly, because WE ARE THE BETTER MEN and don't give a fuck whether she wears a damn head-scarf or is half-naked! And we are ready to go to war to defend our freedom and that of our allies. The last point is what most Germans don't get though. Anyway, I hope you see my point.

Regards
Alex N.

I made the post about the German Police brutality I witnessed (wow was it almost 30 years ago?) not to make any equivalence to Iraq, nor to besmirch the German people (whom I remember fondly as being decent people), but to show that abuse of power is a common human vice, particularly at the lowest levels of the power structure (the cops or soldiers) where it usually manifests as physical violence. I'm positive that the Polizei management does not condone such abuse and we've seen that the U.S. Military doesn't either. The individuals who were involved in this will be prosecuted.

@Alex N.
We don't need anyone looking for "compromises" like Klink at least says he tries, since there is no ground to give to the Anti-Americans in our country. Klink, with your constant denying that the German media and public is mostly biased against the US, in a very worrying manner, you are working into the hands of Anti-Americans. You say you dislike fanatics - well, so do we here, I guess, the readers of this blog, this small peninsula in the German media world of pro-Americanism, and its founders. I guess it's just that we don't take any prisoners anymore. The time of trying to find compromises with Anti-Americans IS OVER. Either us or them. You might call it fanatic. I call it determination. ....

To continue on this torture thing is lame. It's true that inner-law issues in Germany, and abuse by Police forces in Germany has little to do with what happened in Iraq imho.

I don't look for compromises on real Anti-Americanism. But I shy away from a pro-Bush partisanship and most of all: I shy away from a blinding fanatism. This torture-thing is not lame, it's part of the concept and fits the bill - like the NPD-thing: Blame Germany, blame Germany, blame Germany. Anti-Germany all the way. Never complain, never explain.

Fanatic to me is not as much having a certain opinion, but an inability to look beyond because one was sucked into a topic too deep. I have seen it happen often before with people on other issues.

You ever heard of the term "You become what you resist"? The contents are very different, but when it comes to passionate fanatism, I see little difference by some on here to anti-American leftist forums. There it is "Blame US, blame US", here "Blame Germany, blame Germany". "Dat selbe in Grün" ("Same thing, different colour"), as Berliners say so fitting. These people (and I don't mean you here - haven't read enough from you to have made up my mind) are never gonna be part of a solution, but are part of the problem of the Transatlantic rift because they thrive of it.

When I confronted earlier a poster several times about a false quote attributed to me, he/she at first evaded me and then ignored me. No explanation. When I told someone else he/she unfairly labelled me for Axel Springer's own principles, he didn't say "OK, you are right", "Mea Culpa" or "Touche" - only a shy "May be." Never complain, never explain. Just keep on trucking forward.

Here is one the first replies on 2nd of May on this prison-story. Fitting, too:
Ja, ich bin auch angeekelt und enttäuscht, aber ich weiß doch ganz genau, daß es überall Verbrecher und Idioten gibt. Jetzt waren 16 unter den US-Soldaten. Deutschland hatte einen Kannibalen. Gerade ist eine Reportage über deutsche Touristen, die Kinder in Rumänien für ein paar Euro zu Sex zwingen. So sind manche Menschen. Was soll ich gerade als Deutsche noch alles aufzählen?!

Ich frage mich allerdings, warum die Bilder jetzt gebracht werden. Gerade ist eine Geisel entkommen, aber wie wird es sich auf die italienischen Männer auswirken? Hätte man nicht warten müssen, um deren Leben retten zu können? War die Sensation wichtiger als deren Leben?

Posted by: xxxx | Mai 2, 2004 07:20 nachm.

"The contents are very different, but when it comes to passionate fanatism, I see little difference by some on here to anti-American leftist forums. There it is "Blame US, blame US", here "Blame Germany, blame Germany". "Dat selbe in Grün" ("Same thing, different colour"), as Berliners say so fitting."

Well, at least for me, I have to say it's not "blaim Germany". When I served this country during my Wehrpflicht, I was one of the few who actually believed in taking up arms to defend this country. It's more "blaim this attitude, blaim this remark" etc. But the sad truth I'm seeing all day is that those attitudes and remarks are the mainstream and happen to be in the country I was born, Germany. I don't care much if someone in France is thinking along the same lines, I care more about the line my country takes. And yes, you might be right when you basicly say you can't see a middle-ground. But I say this is just our reality. The middle-ground is gone. That's what happends in "desperate" times and it should actually be a warning signal to you how serious the situation is.
And when it's up to me, I take on this side here in this blog, because I agree one hell of a lot more with it than with the great majority of our media. I guess it's always hard to find a "pool of people" that you agree with 100%. There probably never is such a pool. So, pragmatism is the call of the day. About the trans-atlantic riff - I'm less optimistic than you. I'm not sure if it would ever get solved again. But I don't think appeasing the rest of the media would change that. Remember, this blog is called "David's Medienkritik", thus harsh comments on (mostly) the German media is what you can expect when the matter is the German-US relationship. Because the German media is just as harsh. I guess this blog is not meant to be a diplomatic debate club. No one, on either side, wants to get convinced. Unfortunately we are at the point where you are either pro-American or Anti-American. If you are on the middle ground, you will get sucked up to one of the sides. It's just that we are on the right side...and that's what I believe.
If I judge you correctly, I would think that you might take offense with that last remark. Then I would ask you: Me, as a free man, do I not have to right to stand in for something? Actually, I think that's part of the problem: Too many lack determination and values to call their actual enemies by their names. They rather try to appease them so that they can stay clean, letting other people get their hands bloody and guilty.

Regards
Alex N.

So, there is and was torture in German prisons (Hell, what news !!!). Does this make anything better for torture victims in Iraq ???

This argumentation makes me sick... it's appalling !

@Alex
Well, at least for me, I have to say it's not "blaim Germany". When I served this country during my Wehrpflicht, I was one of the few who actually believed in taking up arms to defend this country.

Good for you. This is one of the issues raising my eyebrows as well: One German pro-Bush-supporter openly told about his support for the US-Marines' efforts, both morally and financially. Nothing wrong with that by itself, but at the same time, I found so little in support of German troops on here like in Afghanistan - as if those boys are second-class.

If many of the German pro-Bushists on here would really see conservative/right-wing America as their role-model, they would at least try to change Germans attitude in a positive way, like on the troops, instead of only bashing Germany all day long. To argue like US-conservatives would mean adopting their means for Germany, *not* merely repeating the arguments from US-conservatives and their strict US-viewpoint (which is sometimes anti-German) as if you guys are yourself patriotic Americans, not the Germans which you are in real life. It just looks silly to me. No conservative American would be donating to other troops *and* at the same time apparently forgetting about his own troops. No US-Democrat either btw IMO - many Americans might have an issue with Bush, but almost all support their troops, unlike Germans. Even a leftist Michael Moore supports openly his country's troops on his website. Many Germans don't understand that, it seems - anti-this, anti-that?

Show some attitude on your own, for Christ' sake, if you really wanna go down that road of right-wing conservativism, but not just appear silly anti-German.

Unfortunately we are at the point where you are either pro-American or Anti-American. If you are on the middle ground, you will get sucked up to one of the sides. It's just that we are on the right side...and that's what I believe.

LOL - the "If you are not with us, ..."-logic? ;-) Rubbish: There are many pro-Americans, but Bush-critical. Even inside the US.

If I judge you correctly, I would think that you might take offense with that last remark. Then I would ask you: Me, as a free man, do I not have to right to stand in for something?

Of course. But others might have take the right to call you on any possible sillyness or fanatism. ;-)

P.S. Sorry I had repeated part of your argument: When you fight a monster, watch out not to become one yourself. vs. my "You become what your resist". I originally didn't want to post in this thread and had only briefly scanned the postings like yours for any "Klink"-mentionings. Good to know though that you agree with me on the general notion. *g*

@Claus

>Does this make anything better for torture victims in Iraq ???

You mean... the torture vitctims that died in the clutches of Saddams minions? Or what?

What happened to the iraqi prisoners is horrible - but it is like Rumsfeld said: the system is working, and the american soldiers that are responsible will be punished.

@ Klink

As regards Michael Moore's support for the troops: You're certainly keeping in mind his "those are the minutemen, the revolution, and they're gonna win"? This doesn't sound that supportive to me...

something i have noticed about Germans is a tendency to bow to authority, coupled with a tendency to assume vastly more authority than a typical American in the same situation. is it just me, or do the Germans tend to go overboard whenever they get permission from higher ups to take charge? it's like a Jeckel/Hyde transformation. one minute they are bowing to authority, and the next, they are invested with vast power and they expect yo to bow and cringe to them.

Heute bringt Yahoo diese Nachrichten:

"Amnesty wirft KFOR-Soldaten Ausbeutung von Sexsklavinnen vor"


London (dpa) - NATO-Soldaten und UN-Personal im Kosovo treiben nach einem Bericht von Amnesty International den Handel mit Sexsklavinnen an. Die Mädchen würden mit falschen Versprechungen aus Osteuropa in den Kosovo gelockt und dort zur Prostitution gezwungen, hieß es. Internationale Friedenssoldaten heizten diesen Handel noch an, indem sie für Sex mit solchen Frauen bezahlten, sagte die britische Amnesty-Direktorin Kate Allen in London."

Als ich auf den deutschen Kannibalen, auf andere Verbrechen hinwies und jetzt auf dieses Verbrechen, dann möchte ich zeigen, daß die deutschen Medien negative Nachrichten über Amerikaner und auch Israel stets unendlich ausweiten. Es wird massiv übertrieben, die Nachricht wird regelrecht ausgeschlachtet. Dadurch wird doch nicht der deutsche Kannibale mit den Verbrechen der US-Armee in irakischen Gefängnissen VERGLICHEN, sondern hier geht es um MEDIENKRITIK: eigener Mist wird der Wichtigkeit entsprechend dargestellt, Israelische Tote durch palästinensiche Terroristen sind nur eine Kurzmeldung wert, die Opfer bleiben namen- und gesichtslos, Amerikanische insbesondere auf den Irak und mit Bush zusammenhängenden Themen werden von einem unerträglichem Unterton begleitet. Es fehlt oft jegliche Sachlichkeit.

Dieses Geschrei hier in Kommentaren, man würde Unvergleichbares vergleichen, halte ich für ziemlich daneben. Es geht um die Darstellung in den Medien, wieviel Platz erhält die Nachricht, wird die kommentiert, werden Hintergründe dargestellt, wird analysiert oder wird einfach nur gehetzt?

Für Klink: Es geht nicht um den Kannibalen, es geht um die Darstellung in den dt. Medien. Man hat personenbezogen berichtet. Nicht ein einziges Mal hieß es, alle ... sind so. 16 US-Soldaten haben ein Verbrechen begannen. SOFORT ging ein Schrei der Empörung durch die dt. Medien: DIE AMERIKANER... Allein dies steckt in meiner Aussage. Kein Vergleich von Menschenfressen mit Mißhandlungen, Folterungen oder ähnlichem. Allein die Darstellung durch Journalisten interessiert mich.

Gerade läuft ein Bericht des Journalisten von Al-Jazeera im Fernsehen. Er war 2 Monate im Irak in Haft. Er hatte in Bagdad gefilmt. War völlig unschuldig in Haft, wurde selbstverständlich auch geschlagen und gefoltert. Und: So muß es unter Saddam Hussein gewesen sein.

Die dt. Medien berichten seit 9/11 völlig einseitig GEGEN die USA. Unter Saddam wurden die Augen ausgestochen, Hände abgehackt, getötet. Ist der Vergleich mit Saddam Hussein fair? Das interessiert in den dt. Medien niemanden. Es wird gehetzt und Haß erzeugt. Bush und Sharon sind seit 2 Jahren systematisch dämonisiert worden. Lügengeschichten werden endlos wiederholt, obwohl die Lüge sich als Lüge herausgestellt hat. Andreas Petzold vom Stern wiederholt im Editorial vom 11.03.2004 die Wolfowitz-Lüge. Soll ich wirklich glauben, daß dieser nicht mitbekommen hat, daß Wolfowitz NIE gesagt hat, die Massenvernichtungswaffen seien nur ein VORWAND gewesen? Nein, es ist einfach böse Absicht. Der Haß in der dt. Bevölkerung wird geschürt. Man hat schon lange aufgehört, Informationen zu bringen, man will spalten, emotional aufwiegeln. Das kommt gut an. Hören Sie mal dem dt. Volke zu. Lesen Sie mal Zeitungsforen, Leserbriefe. Fast jeder glaubt die Kriegslügen. Gegen Fakten sind die meisten immun.

Wie unter Saddam? Das wollen die dt. Medien uns gerne glauben machen. Hetze gegen die USA, Michael Moore bedankte sich hämisch beim dt. Volke für das erhaltene Geld.

I have to agree with Klink and Alex here. This reflexive attempt to distract from the impact of what happened in Iraq backfires. As an American, I can only echo Alex's statement: what those soldiers did was just shit.

I was prepared for a rough issue of Die Zeit yesterday. They've been pretty fair to the US, but I knew we were in for a good lashing and I was right. At least Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff's article on page 3 led me back to Sergeant Stryker's site, with which I was already familiar. Here's what he had to say to one of the officers involved:

You, and those whom you were charged with supervising- wait, did anyone ever tell you that maintaining discipline and standards of conduct is your main charge as an NCO? Did this piece of training slip through the cracks as well? You know, I wear the same uniform. I'm an NCO as well. Not only have you disgraced yourself, your unit, your country and humanity, your actions have disgraced me and everyone else who wears that uniform. Your stupidity, ignorance, and cruelty have stained all of us, because of that uniform we all wear. It's the binding tie that connects not only all of us serving today, but everyone who has ever served and those who will serve in the future. That uniform is stained with the noble blood of those who've fallen in battle for their country, but you have smeared that uniform -my uniform!- with the excrement of malevolent barbarism.

You have failed in every possible way a soldier can fail. You failed, as an NCO, to maintain basic standards of military order and discipline. You failed, as a soldier, to maintain the highest standards of conduct required of you by the United States Government. You failed, as a human being, to afford even the slightest bit of dignity and respect to those placed under your care. And what do you have to say in your defense? You only offer excuses that blame everyone else but yourself. You, and those who shared in your depravity, are a disgrace and a shame. May the military justice system have more mercy on you than you could muster for your own prisoners.

I have to stop here, because I'm too enraged to continue. Maybe next time, I'll try to understand just why the entire chain-of-command failed to discharge every major responsibility required of it.

http://www.sgtstryker.com/weblog/archives/004403.php

Stryker's post is what I expect from my military, from the guys I knew at ROTC who were first-rate. There is nothing else to say. Don't blame the Germans. Don't blame the media. Just follow it up the ladder until you've found the last person who could have prevented this from happening and punish them severely.

@Klink

You mix up strong criticism of German official position and German media with anti-Germanism. On the other hand, strong criticism of American official position (which you enjoy practicing) is not anti-Americanism. Good. Does it smell like double standars here, or did I misunderstand your too-subtle-for-me argumentation ?

You really ARE an ideologue. Believe me, I know one when I hear one.

This forum is anything but a place for personal attacks, but let me tell you this. There is ONE red line through your postings, plain to see for EVERYONE: you have an EGO problem.

It's not only about politics, it's about the EGO. Please note, I'm not attacking your character. I don't know you and I don't know your character. I have met wonderful people with HUGE egos. In this particular case, on this forum, it is your ego that brings upon you accusations of 'Oberlehrer', 'Besserwisser'.

I am not some kind of Higher Moral Instance, passing judgment on your character. Far from that.

WhatDoIKnow
You mix up strong criticism of German official position and German media with anti-Germanism.

My posting was more directed at the Germans on here. Some of the people here call themselves "Anti-German" - doesn't that strike you odd as well for a self-labelling? And to support US-troops, but so little about German troops? To call US-conservatives as their role-model, but to use so little from them for their OWN country, instead only copying arguments verbatim 1:1, as if they are Americans themselves? (It sometimes appears like a parody of US-conservatives to me - I guess US-conservatives would be too proud to blindly follow like this, but talk more about creating their own future)

it's not only about politics, it's about the EGO. Please note, I'm not attacking your character. I don't know you and I don't know your character.

Sure, discussions are always about Ego as well.

And I freely confess: Hadn't I been insulted at my first postings on here from "troll" over "a milder version of Amihasser" to "clueless about Internet-issues", I might not have stuck around and quickly transformed into Col. Klink-character. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Frau Gabriele schrieb:
Für Klink: Es geht nicht um den Kannibalen, es geht um die Darstellung in den dt. Medien. Man hat personenbezogen berichtet. Nicht ein einziges Mal hieß es, alle ... sind so. 16 US-Soldaten haben ein Verbrechen begannen. SOFORT ging ein Schrei der Empörung durch die dt. Medien:

Der Schrei ging durch die ganze Welt. Und Sie waren in der Tat einer der Personen, die ich mit meiner Kritik meinte - immer lesenswert, Ihr Tenor und Ihre Bereitschaft, auch mal einen Fehler einzugestehen.

@Klink

Quite frankly, I don't remember seeing on this forum any instance when a German called himself 'anti-German'. I remember reading repeatedly very strong criticism of Germany(politics, media) coming from Germans, but nothing else. I don't remember AlexN ever saying he is anti-German. It is also entirely possible that I missed it.

And to support US-troops, but so little about German troops?

This is a valid point, there might be explanations for that if you want to look for them. There are already lots of serious and well-known web pages, blogs where with a few simple clicks you can support the US troops. Also the US troops themselves haven't been shy to ask for help in different ways on the Internet. The point is that this whole US troops support thing is very well organized. One other thing is the fact that most of this support goes to Iraq, not Afghanistan. Through the courageous and wise decision of our country leaders, there aren't any German troops in Iraq.

So far I haven't seen anything similar regarding German troops. I believe that German troops deserve our support just as much, even though they aren't so much in the line of fire as Americans. I believe the German troops have much more guts than the German politicians and the ordinary German citizen.

Sure, discussions are always about Ego as well.

First of all, good that you didn't take this personally. Secondly, you are right. Everything we do, not only the discussions, but every action we take is initiated by the ego. The problems, misunderstandings, dislikes appear when we don't keep our egos under control. That's the thing: how much ego do I want to project ? At some point it can be to much.

Wolfgang Sofsky:

Die Analyse der Untaten wird überlagert vom alten Zwist um den Irakkrieg. Gegner des Feldzugs sehen in den Misshandlungen den schlagenden Beweis für das Unrecht der amerikanischen Hegemonialpolitik. Nachdem keine Massenvernichtungswaffen gefunden worden sind, scheint nun auch der wichtigste Kriegsgrund widerlegt: die Beseitigung der Despotie. Demokratie und Wohlstand sind fern, die imperiale Mission ist fast gescheitert, und die Methoden der Okkupationsmacht – gleichen sie nicht jenen der alten Tyrannei? Der schwarze Genius Loci des Tatorts – hat er nicht auch die amerikanischen Gefängniswärter ergriffen?

Diese Gleichsetzung ist so töricht wie perfide. Saddams Schergen marterten in Abu Ghraib Zehntausende zu Tode. Mittwochs und sonntags war Exekutionstag. Mehr als 250000 Menschen wurden in die Kerkeranlage eingeliefert, 600000 wurden im gesamten Land hingerichtet. In der Despotie war der Terror Staatspolitik. Er hielt die Gesellschaft in Angst und Gehorsam. Die US-Militärführung hingegen betreibt selbst die Aufklärung der Vorfälle, verhängt Disziplinarstrafen gegen überführte Offiziere und stellt die verantwortlichen Wachleute unter Anklage vor dem Kriegsgericht. Nichts fürchtete sie mehr als die Verbreitung der Folterbilder in der arabischen Öffentlichkeit. Die amerikanische Gesellschaft wird nicht ruhen, bis der Skandal vollständig aufgedeckt ist. Gewiss wurde im besetzten Irak häufiger gefoltert, als bislang bekannt geworden ist. Aber es wurde weniger misshandelt, als die Gegner der alliierten Koalition nun lauthals mutmassen. Anders als in früheren Kolonialregimes ist im Irak der Schrecken keine Fortsetzung der Besatzungspolitik mit anderen Mitteln.

http://www.weltwoche.ch/artikel/?AssetID=7615&CategoryID=66

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