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Recent Abu Gharib torture photos.....

The recent publication of Abu Gharib torture pictures once again underlined what went wrong for US and its allies in Iraq. I think the release of second round of pictures has given an opportunity to gauge the sincerity of Bush administration in taking actions against persons involved in the torture.

When it was first published, everyone knew that more torture pictures exist and the fact was even acknowledged by Donald Rumsfield before the house committee in US. Add to this, US-led allies condemned the torture and promised stringent action against all those who indulged in torture. Indeed, in the last one year, there has been a few instances of judgement against those involved in the torture. However, there are demands from some sections that top officials including Rumsfield should be held accountable. However, I will limit myself to people directly involved in the torture.

In the recently published photos, there are new faces of soldiers indulging in torture. In the light of this, it is worthwile to find whether the US administration took any action against such individuals for torture even though they were not publicly identified in the first release of photos. If they (US administration) had taken action, it need to be evaluated against new public evidence of torture. Or else, the sincerity of leaders words is in question.

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saumitra said…
The US government will continue to use torture unless there is a change in the political party controlling the US. No one will be able to stop it. It's going to be another one of those instances in history where people in future generations will wonder, "how could have people allowed this to happen in the world?" This will be in the same way we wonder, "how did the rest of the world allow the Holocast to happen?" People that have good intentions sadly don't have enough power to stop these things.

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