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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

U.S. Army Boots Walk All Over the EU

U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, as portrayed by Baghdad artist Muayad Muhsin“These boots are made for walking, and that's just what they'll do. One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over EU.”

Can’t you just imagine Rummy, pictured at left in Picnic, a new painting by Baghdad artist Muayad Muhsin, singing those words under his breath while he relaxes in his army boots, oblivious to the artistic and literary works of an ancient civilization that float by and turn into birds of love, peace, and knowledge?

Muhsin says that Rumsfeld’s army boots, which he was wearing in a photo that inspired the painting, “deliver a message from America: ‘We rule the world.’ It speaks of America’s total indifference to what the rest of the world thinks.”

The artist is right. Swiss Senator Dick Marty, who headed up an investigation for the Council of Europe into secret CIA prisons around the world, reports that Bosnia, Britain, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey, all members of the European Union, either assisted in transferring prisoners who were alleged terrorists or allowed the U.S. to hide alleged terrorists in hidden prisons within their borders, in violation of international laws ... and some of those nations even allowed the CIA to abduct their own citizens and cart them off to the secret prisons for detention at best and torture at worst. Some prisoners say they were transferred to detention facilities in Egypt and Jordan. Bosnia and Sweden have admitted some involvement.

Doesn’t anyone in the EU remember World War II and Hitler?

1 comment:

elendil said...

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and a few other NGOs, have designated June Torture Awareness Month. We've created a blogroll you can join if you're interested. You can find it here. The idea is that everyone is linked to from the blogroll, and in exchange, you discuss torture (as you already do), and link to the Torture Awareness site to help support the NGOs.

There's a lot of bloggers concerned about human rights abuse in the War on Terror. If we coordinate, we can show our support and help Amnesty and HRW make Torture Awareness Month a success.

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