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Who do we blame for Abu Ghraib?

I don’t know how or why but for some reason I new already what the picture was about when first looking at it. I regonised the uniform all to familiary, and from the past had learnt of the goings on in Abu Ghraib. We had six choices, 3 consisting of video and three of images, most people have questioned how and why this Lynndie England image is media?Stating the obvious it’s a picture first of all so that being media alone. This is media because the illegal torture that had been going on , came out threw newspaper articles,radio and television, those being a from of media , therefore Lynndie England being a product of the media. The media can say anything it wants, its a force of opinion that everyone reads about and looks up to. You rely on the media to be honest but we all know this isn’t the case at all.

The media gave us Lynndie England, one of the main characters involved in this. They showed us a 20 something woman, who had been convicted for abusing detainees. Did she have no morals? or no remorse while she smiled with a thumbs up next to a dead detainees body? Who do we blame? from the information gathered, the persons involved in Abu Ghraib able to be blamed for a lot of the ongoing, were in charge of the abandonment of the Geneva Conventions, that was John Yoo, George Bush, Dick Chaney (vice president), Donald Rumpsfeld and the 2 star General Geoffrey Miller, they all abused their positions and took full advantage of the situation. John Yoo and his team of lawyers decided to create their own rules, the main one to follow being “its only considered torture, if there is organ failure or death”. This rule was given an ok by George bush himself, the president at the time. If the man who is in charge of america gives this “rule” a go ahead, is no one sat back thinking “what the hell is going on”. That newly created rule ment that prisoners could be beaten within a second from their life ending, it also means they could be completely and horrifically tortured. George bush allowed US troops to torture people, he did warn everyone “we will do whatever necessary to get the information we need” so maybe we are the foolish ones to not assume something like a racist battle, in a prison would start. There are no clear indications on who we should blame, I suppose the members in charge, they are the people right at the top who authorised and said OK to everything. We should also blame the pentagon, they had received countless documents, but in turn denied everything, about merely turning a blind eye, eventually the public finding this out. In one of my current blogs the saying “too many cooks spoil the broth” as one of my blog entries because this is a prime example. The people that we relied on to be in charged failed us, if George Bush had asked the American nation if they would allow torture to be used, the majority would have said no, but he didn’t he took the responsibility into his own hands, (rightly so he is the president…) and had the final word, but we rely on him to make the right choice. This was a select men’s choices not ours. Every single one involved had the same views and ideas. There for letting it become as bad as it wanted to.

” President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other top officials have long claimed that the abuses at Abu Ghraib were the disconnected acts of a small number of socio paths”
George Bush faced a number of interviews during 2002-2004 dictating in a familiar manner why we need to go to and why we need to fight, he told us why constantly, we where under threat because of the “nuclear bombs” throughout the whole time that men have been serving in Iraq and Pakistan never have one nuclear missile been found. It seems that Mr Bush had an underlying intention of wanting to control this, he wanted to control a place, a nation and a race, because he could. That’s all this, abusing people and torturing them is showing them, that they are in charge, they have the right to do it because they said no, no other reason its a power trip.

There are Two sets of people in this, there are the people in higher authority such as George Bush Etc, and then there was Lynn die Charles and the others at the 1A and 1B (interrogation part of prison) station in Abu Ghraib prison. The people doing the torturing rather than the people authorising it. There where thousands or videos and images leaked onto the internet demonstrating the levels the prison guards where going to, it was horrific and utterly humiliating. This was familiar we had seen it before with the Nazis, KKK’S and dictators in the past.

Overall Abu Ghraib is a prime demonstration when the media fails us. It covered people up, allowed them to deny having anything to do with it such as John Yoo who wrote the news laws and George Bush who even on file, all over the internet has openly spoken about the going on and the torture before everything go out of hand, suddenly its no longer their faults. The ongoing war in Iraq has left a bad taste in everyone’s mouths, also heightening terrorism and tension between races and cultures. We have never and I don’t think will ever learn from the mistakes in the past, these were civilians like you or me. Forced into interrogation with no choice and made to admit things we had no idea about. Abu Ghraib and the people involved will now go down in history for this, and have to live with it, For that this is their faults.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/30/opinion/30thu1.html

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