Non-Aligned Media / Brandon Martinez / Jan. 17, 2016
The recent capture of ten US navy sailors on a military vessel which drifted into Iranian coastal waters is a perfect illustration of the stark moral difference between American culture/attitudes and that of Iran.
The Iranians swiftly subdued the US sailors, disarmed them, and took them into custody. The Americans were treated with respect, and provided proper food and shelter as images and video show.
A captured US sailor apologized for the mistake of entering Iranian waters and said that “the Iranian behaviour was fantastic while we were here, we thank you very much for your hospitality and assistance.” The American navy captives have since been released.
Compare and contrast Iran’s chivalrous treatment of American invaders of their territorial waters with American conduct towards captured Iraqis during the US invasion and occupation of that Arab country. Recall the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, wherein it emerged that US troops routinely abused, tortured, raped and even killed Iraqi detainees in the notorious jail.
Images of the abuse depicted US troops smiling and laughing while naked Iraqi prisoners were forced into dehumanizing positions. One picture showed naked prisoners in a human pyramid. Another image showed a naked prisoner covered in what appeared to be feces. An infamous image showed a female US soldier dragging a prisoner by a dog leash around his neck.
Award-winning journalist Seymour Hersh, who broke the Abu Ghraib scandal, alleged that US guards even raped young boys in the prison while their mothers were forced to watch. Video footage of the unthinkable sexual, physical and psychological abuse is still being suppressed by the Pentagon, according to Hersh.
Abu Ghraib-style atrocities are routinely meted out to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay as well. Majid Khan, a former Gitmo detainee, told his lawyers that US authorities at the prison “poured ice water on his genitals, videotaped him naked, hung him from a wooden pole, and repeatedly touched his ‘private parts.'” He further testified to being “stripped naked and hung from a wooden beam for three days, during which he was provided with water but no food, and ice water was poured repeatedly on his mouth, nose and genitals.”
Lest we forget the truly horrific story of five US soldiers in Iraq who gang-raped and murdered a completely innocent 14-year-old Iraqi girl, Abeer al-Janabi, and then went on to execute her entire family, including her six-year-old sister and parents. One soldier who was eventually convicted and jailed for the rape/murder rampage later said he “didn’t think of Iraqis as humans.”
Most unthinking plebs in the West are wholly unaware of such outrages which were a dime-a-dozen during the formative years of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We will never know the true extent of US/British/NATO crimes in the Middle East because much of it was either never reported, or simply covered up.
The American government is, of course, the crown prince of torture, having established and run the infamous School of the Americas in 1946 where the CIA trained future death squad leaders and dictators who went on to besiege a panoply of Latin American countries during the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. One of the stated goals of the academy was “to expand the trainees’ knowledge of United States customs and traditions.” Evidently, some of those “traditions” are torture, murder and terrorism.
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