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Sinking deeper into the Iraq quagmire

Posted By: wtnf
Date: 24, June 05, at 6:04 a.m.

Their impact has been likened to that of the massacre of innocent Vietnamese villagers by US troops at My Lai during the Vietnam War - an horrific incident that dramatically shifted public opinion against the war.

Although not on exactly the same scale, the abuse perpetrated by US troops at Abu Ghraib, Saddam Hussein's notorious torture prison, cannot be dismissed as the work of "rogue" individuals within the U.S. Army. According to the Red Cross they "amount to a pattern and a broad system".

With the MoD investigating 33 abuse claims, including at least one murder, British forces are also seriously implicated. Amnesty International had detailed reports of abuse back in May last year, months before the Daily Mirror first began publishing photos on their front pages.

Both Bush and US Defence Secretary Rumsfeld have been forced into humiliating public apologies, desperately trying to minimise the damage to their credibility at home and internationally. But the damage has already been done. Even before the release of the torture photos, hatred of US imperialism had reached an unprecedented intensity in the Arab world. In Baghdad, less than 10% of the population had a favourable opinion of the US.

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