Friday, August 20, 2004

New Scandals in Iraq

There are a couple of new stories about US misconduct in Iraq that don't seem to be making the US media. The first is extended concern over the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal, that US military medics may have been complicit in the abuse. Check out the BBC report and the Aljazeera story. There are also charges concerning mishandling of funds by the Coalition Provisional Authority. Here is the Aljazeera link.

It is important that we take these charges seriously. We may want to simply dimiss them, but rest assured, the Arab world will not. We need to think very clearly about whether or not the US still has the moral authority that we claim to have. Can we say that we're not a colonial power, that we're simply spreading freedom and liberty throughout the world? Will the rest of the world agree?

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