Friday 20 September 2002

U.S. Hypocritical on Human-Rights Abuses

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"Tens of thousands of political opponents and ordinary citizens have been subjected to arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, summary execution, and torture by beating and burning, electric shock, starvation, mutilition and rape," President George W. Bush told the United Nations in seeking to push Saddam Hussein out of Iraq.

The evildoers are everywhere.

Mass graves are bad.

Boston-based Physicians for Human Rights uncovered one in Afghanistan in January. The United States' chief ally in Northern Afghanistan, the warlord Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, appears to have been responsible for the deaths of hundreds, if not more than a thousand, war prisoners he was rounding up on behalf of U.S. forces and transporting to the Sheberghan prison.

They were stuffed into sealed cargo containers and left to asphyxiate. Before death, they'd licked each others' sweat and bitten off their fingertips or torn into their own arms and legs - and those of others - in a desperate search for fluid. Physicians for Human Rights discovered what they believe is the prisoners' mass grave in Dasht-e-Leili.

The Pentagon says no American personnel were involved in, or aware of, the mass deaths, though Americans were nearby processing prisoners who arrived in similar containers. No one in the U.S. government has asked for an investigation into whether forces working for the Americans committed what could well be a war crime. The Pentagon has rebuffed requests that the gravesite at least be secured to preserve evidence for a future inquiry.

Security forces that use methods of torture that include "beating, whipping, electric shock and rape" are bad.

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