by Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish / The Atlantic
The NYT’s account of systemic use of torture largely by Shiites on Sunnis, revealed in the Wikileaks doc-dump, is here. It’s horrifying - along the lines of Abu Ghraib and Bagram, but also, in many cases, even worse and cruder. It occurred during US occupation of the country; although most of the torture was perpetrated by Iraqi security forces, and although on occasion American forces prevented torture, some occurred under American control, and there was inevitable enmeshment as they fought alongside:
The documents show that Americans did sometimes use the threat of abuse by Iraqi authorities to get information out of prisoners. One report said an American threatened to send a detainee to the notorious Wolf Brigade, a particularly violent Iraqi police unit, if he did not supply information.
In two Iraqi cases postmortems revealed evidence of death by torture. On 27 August 2009 a US medical officer found “bruises and burns as well as visible injuries to the head, arm, torso, legs and neck” on the body of one man claimed by police to have killed himself. On 3 December 2008 another detainee, said by police to have died of “bad kidneys”, was found to have “evidence of some type of unknown surgical procedure on [his] abdomen”.
The forces that conducted these horrific acts are the forces we are handing the country over to. History will harshly judge this war, and those of us who supported it, its long-term strategic effect, and so forth. In particular, it appears, that one of the main actors was Iran, and Iran has emerged as the core winner. But the hell unleashed by the incompetent occupation led to over 100,000 often gruesome civilian deaths in what was a nation-wide bloodbath of almost frenzied proportions.
I think it can be said, now more forcefully than ever, that whatever moral legitimacy this war once had is now gone forever.
It was worse than a mistake. It was, in many ways, a crime.
vruz: time for war crime tribunals, Bush, Blair and Cheney. doesn’t matter you’re a friend of the nazi pope, Tony.
now you see why robert gates hates wikileaks so much.
it’ll seriously be the day when the Bush Admin. and the policy-makers responsible for orchestrating the lie that was the invasion of Iraq, and the subsequent civil disintegration and sectarian chaos, are finally held responsible for their actions, put on trial, and, most importantly, are found guilty and punished for all their evils.