Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Iraq continued...

- More from Seymour Hersh in the latest New Yorker.
"How the Department of Defense mishandled the disaster at Abu Ghraib."

- Luc Sante writes an insightful article in the New York Times about the phenomena of the Abu Ghraib photos.
The pictures from Abu Ghraib are trophy shots. The American soldiers included in them look exactly as if they were standing next to a gutted buck or a 10-foot marlin.
The first shot I saw, of Specialist Charles A. Graner and Pfc. Lynndie R. England flashing thumbs up behind a pile of their naked victims, was so jarring that for a few seconds I took it for a montage. When I registered what I was seeing, I was reminded of something. There was something familiar about that jaunty insouciance, that unabashed triumph at having inflicted misery upon other humans. And then I remembered: the last time I had seen that conjunction of elements was in photographs of lynchings.

- Sean Hannity wasn't too angry about the torture but now - because of the brutal beheading of an American contractor - he is pissed off and taking names and he has a video of the crime. [I haven't watched it and I don't plan to but for the sake of fairness and balance].

- A woman named Stephanie Sinclair has some compelling photographs from Iraq over the past year and a journal too.