American torture of Iraqi
Sayyed Fadlullah: Just
like the chief rabbi, America considers the Arabs as snakes and
Asked in his weekly seminar the following
question: What are the political and moral
implications of the American sadistic practices in Iraq?
The Religious Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein
One of the most dominant characteristics of the
Bush Administration is the arrogant way it looks down on whom it
considers hostile, to the extent that it considers it to be
natural to violate his civil rights, and even to detain, displace
or kill him.
But this does not mean that this Administration is
taking a different course than the previous ones.
It is following the same course, but in a more
vigorous way that shows a greater contempt for human values, as it
was demonstrated by legitimizing the Israeli killing of the
Palestinians and by all the atrocities it is committing in Iraq.
Torture has become one of the constant features of
American policies. The Bush Administration in particular has
mastered this “art” at every level, whether through the
practice of physical torture of detainees in Guantanamo,
Afghanistan and Iraq, or in the air raids that killed civilians
and villages in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as collective
punishment against tens of thousands of peaceful Afghani and Iraqi
Such behavior has shown America as hostile to
human and civilized values at a time it presents itself to the
world as a champion of freedom, justice and human rights….
People are talking about the picture of tortured
Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib but what about occupation itself
that represents the most severe form of torture…
America has acted in Iraq as a brutal and
irrational occupation force that exploits the slogans of freedom
and human rights to elongate its occupation and maintain its
control on Iraqi oil and other Iraqi resources.
The torture in the American prisons in Iraq is a
moral and humanistic scandal by any standard, and one that America
bears full responsibility for. It is not an act of certain
individuals but rather a product of the general atmosphere the
American soldiers and officers are living in… Moreover, such
acts of torture were not committed in a secret manner that would
prevent the officials in the Defense Department from learning
about them which means that the entire Administration is acting in
a sadistic way that is a product of a complicated mentality of
hatred and malice.
What the pictures of torture showed and what the
bigger picture of the greater Iraqi prison demonstrates prove that
the American officials are lying when they talk about handing the
sovereignty to the Iraqis by the end of next June, especially with
the American talk about staying in Iraq until the Army’s mission
there is accomplished, as if such a mission could only be
accomplished when Iraq is destroyed and its citizens are killed.
It is both shameful and disgraceful that some
observers, including some American officials, have noticed that
the pictures have generated a negative impact in Europe that is
greater than that of the Arab world.
In addition, we have noticed that the Arab leaders
have no big motive to take a serious and effective stand against
this violation of all human and moral values. Have they become
that addicted to American hegemony?
What is happening and what will continue to happen
holds all Arab and Muslims responsible. They should act on all
political and media levels to expose the American violations and
to try the American officials before the International Court of
Justice, since this could help in relieving them and in exposing
how ugly America is running some of the Iraqi prisons, while
presenting itself as the leadership the world can not do without.