Monday, May 24, 2004

The War in Iraq - Prisoner Abuse

Thomas Sowell echoes Jonah Goldberg's comments (discussed below) on the media over-reaction to the abuse at Abu Ghraib and the need for perspective:
"The American Civil War was not about conditions at the notorious Andersonville prison in Georgia, and the war in Iraq is not about conditions at the Abu Ghraib prison. Terrible things happened in both military prisons, but that was a small part of both these wars.",
and questions the timing of the release of the photos:
"Could the photos not wait until the whole story was in, so that they could be seen as what they are - pictures of things that were not tolerated by America, even though worse things are tolerated and even celebrated in some Middle East countries that are having a field day condemning the United States and whipping up calls for revenge?"
It's worth reading the whole thing.