Thursday, May 27, 2004

And Women Too

Juan Cole, who has the best blog in the world about Iraq, writes about what is going to happen when the arab street becomes aware of the fact and nature of the abuse of imprisoned women at Abu Ghuraib and other facilities:

"A scandal that has not yet broken in the press is the story of how many women ended up in US prisons. The fact is, few were suspected of having themselves committed a crime or an act of insurgency. Rather, they were taken as hostages or potential informants because their husbands or sons were wanted by the US military. This kind of arrest, however, is a form of collective punishment and not permitted under the Fourth Geneva Convention governing military occupations of civilian populations. The sexual abuse of these women is therefore a double crime.

Eventually these photographs of abused or tortured Muslim women are likely to leak, and the reaction in the Muslim world will be explosive. One shakes oneĀ“s head in bewilderment as to what the Bush administration thought they were doing.

Read the rest here.