Thursday, May 20

It's Called Covering Your Tracks

I always felt that places like Abu Ghraib - like the Dachau and Auschwitz concentration camps - should stand as a reminder to future generations of past atrocities and as a memorial to those who tragically lost their lives just because they existed. Apparently, the geniuses in Washington think it ought to be destroyed - which just smacks of burying any evidence of their biggest failure - along with the atrocities Saddam and his thugs performed.

Two wrongs make it go away. Maybe if America did a little torture action at Dachau and Auschwitz after the fall of the Nazis, they'd also be leveled because they were just too plain icky to stand. Unreal.

House Votes to Destroy Iraqi Prison

A proposal to destroy the prison where Iraqi detainees were abused moved forward Thursday as lawmakers voted to include it in a defense spending bill.

The measure, by Pennsylvania Reps. Curt Weldon, a Republican, and John P. Murtha, a Democrat, would demolish the Abu Ghraib prison and build a modern detention facility in its place. It was included in a $422 billion defense authorization bill the House approved Thursday.

"This prison was a symbol of terrorism under Saddam, and it was an institution that the Iraqi people despised," Weldon said.

The abuse that happened at the prison "really created a bad perception in Iraq," Weldon said. "So my feeling is, tear it down. Get rid of it. Not just because of what a few soldiers did, but because of also because of what that symbol meant to Saddam, and show the Iraqi people, 'Hey, we don't want that kind of torture anymore.'"
Real historians we have here...cripes.