Friday, May 20, 2005

The Emperor's New Briefs

Bill Clinton had to answer the boxers-or-briefs question, so why shouldn't one of the bloodiest despots of the century have to fess up, too? Thanks to a British tabloud, we now know that Saddam Hussein prefers briefs.

As a result, Saddam's attorneys are preparing some briefs of their own (I know, that calls for a collective groan, but I couldn't resist).

"The US military and legal experts said the photos -- possibly taken more than a year ago -- may breach Geneva Convention rules on the humane treatment of prisoners of war," reports BBC News. "The conventions say countries must protect prisoners of war in their custody from 'public curiosity.'"

Editors of The Sun, the paper publishing the purloined pictures, say the unnamed U.S. military sources handed over the photos in hopes of demoralizing the resistance in Iraq.

BBC continues:

" 'It's important that the people of Iraq see him like that to destroy the myth,' the paper's source was quoted as saying.

"However, several Arab commentators have suggested the photos could increase anti-American feeling in the region."

Now, we're certainly no fan of the Iraq War and the lies and deception that pulled the U.S. into combat. We're not proud of some of the atrocities that have been committed at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prison. But at this point, do photos of Saddam in his tighty whities really threaten to make anti-American sentiment in the Arab world any worse? C'mon, already. We jumped the shark in that department long ago.

Maybe the pictures justify a Jihad on the Fruit of the Loom guys, but we suspect nothing more will come from it.


At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Ibrihim Al-Salaam said...

We at in Middle Eastern press are currently checking up on reliable sources who tell us that these photographs are actually mid-'70s Polaroids of Ron Jeremy.

At 10:19 PM, Blogger Lady Godiva said...

I'm an American citizen from the Heartland. Non-Muslim decent. But I couldn't disagree with you more. Do I believe Sadaam has committed atrocities? Yes. Should he be punished for those? Yes. But my personal belief system includes basic human rights. For all humans. Unfortunately our species isn't good at that necessitating guarantees such as the Geneva Convention. I'd like to say Americans and Brits are above this sort of behavior, but I know better. We have a long history of similar incidents. Just not always this public. Disgusting. There is absolutely no excuse for this type of conduct.

At 12:07 AM, Blogger Chase McInerney said...

Lady G - I don't disagree that there is no excuse for America snubbing the Geneva Convention... my point isn't too far removed from yours: If anything, I think the U.S. surpassed the yardstcik of bad behavior fomenting anti-Americanism back when, say, we let Iraq loot itself into an anarchy days after occupying Baghdad. That toothpaste left the tube long ago.

At 10:08 AM, Blogger LiteraryTech said...

I love it when everyone is right. Ms. Godiva, it seems to me that Chase has a point and the point is not that the pictures are not an atrocity and a violation of the Geneva Conventions, but that they are hardly the root cause of Anti-American feeling and are nothing more than a drop in a bucket that already floweth over.

It seems to me that we are war criminals and protests to the contrary seem to me founded on ignorance and/or denial.

At 10:25 AM, Blogger Lady Godiva said...

Agreed. I just hate that we live in a world where the Geneva Convention is even needed. A world where the nations keep "guaranteeing" basic human rights, yet we seem as a world body (I'm not pointing at a single nation.)to produce the type of citizen who would never consider humiliating anther human, no matter how different that person may be. Unlike most of you guys, I don't believe legislation will ever do it... I look to education as the answer. Not institutional education, but person to person, parent to child. Yes, I know, right now you're asking which imaginary world I live in. Maybe I'm with John Lennon, "Imagine all the people..."

At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pictures of SH in his underwear violate no civil rights, just the laws of good taste.
By the way, Chase... another "jump the shark" reference and you too might be taking a leap.

At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides.. the underwear looked pretty clean. By the way, how come noone said we violated Nick Nolte's rights by releasing his mug shot? He would've killed to have THAT taken in his drawers!

At 3:14 PM, Blogger Chase McInerney said...

Hey, I LIKE the phrase "jump the shark" ... and I plan on using it right up until I make that plunge into that ultimate shark jump.

At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well get ready... Fonzie is revving up the engine


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