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July 25, 2003

Kiss My Unethical Ass

The stories that are surfacing as a result of the death of two of Saddam's sons are absolutely amazing. This story raises the question of whether or not the government of the U.S. acted unethically by making the photos of their dead corpses public. Since yesterday the bloody photos have appeared on more websites than the dress J-Lo wore to the Oscars a few years ago, and I believe that the end without a doubt justifies the means.

We are dealing with a population that has been living under the iron hand of a demented ruler, who cared far more about himself and his hold on power than he ever did for his people. The Iraqis are hesitant to believe our country's claims that two of its notorious leaders were killed, and they cried for absolute truth before they were willing to celebrate. I absolutely think that we had to make the pictures public in order to get these people to fully believe what we were telling them.

The debate suggests that our country has "had a long history of not making public pictures of those killed in military actions and that it could open the door for future enemies to make public photos of dead U.S. personnel." What a stupid argument. Do you really think other nations give a rat's ass whether or not we show these pictures? Let me rephrase that. I believe other nations may care that we did it, but I doubt they will think in the future, "Maybe we shouldn't show our pictures of dead U.S. soldiers because they have never done that to us." Other nations have shown pictures of our prisoners and soldiers killed in action before, and I have no doubt that it will happen again, regardless of this situation. Hell, Amnesty International does not have a problem with it, so neither should we.

Yes, they are gruesome pictures, and if you don't want to see them, then don't look. While it is easy to find these pictures on the internet, you do have to search at least a little bit to get to those pages and they can be avoided easily enough. There are plenty of things to argue about regarding the situation in Iraq, but the release of these pictures should not be one of them.

Posted by Woundwort at July 25, 2003 08:46 AM | TrackBack
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I'm with you. Questions of the need to convince Iraqis aside, these guys weren't soldiers. They were dictating murderers. There IS a difference.

Posted by: Lex at July 25, 2003 12:01 PM

As I have just posted elsewhere, such pictures WERE released. Mogadishu. I don't remember there being an ethical outcry then.

Those pictures of American military bodies were seen all over the Middle East and they put a viscerally powerful, visual underline to a long string of successful attacks on Americans and American interests. To a lot of people those images were a confirmation that we were easy. What happened after that, the world knows.

Now, we have published our own viscerally powerful visual underline to a change in this situation which has become known by all. The Middle East believes what they have seen of this change, and believes those pictures. They believe because we have given them reason to. It is the reporting on this that is limited, not the evidence.

Let the "ethical" outcry center on those who, apriori, made the rules for this conflict.

Posted by: Stephen at July 25, 2003 03:10 PM

Hmmm.... Well first of all, J-Lo's dress is on almost 50,000 websites, some that aren't even in english but, I am sure that those pictures appear on more web sites. If not the pictures then a pretty good description. About this whole thing of having demented rulers who don't seem to get that the people don't want them... are you saying that Saddam and Bush are the same person. If so well... That's kinda strange, but believable. If you are saying that Saddam is a dictator, well then sure. Did you know that all of those reports of him attacking hosipitals during the Gulf War were fake, posted by the CIA. It's kinda like the reports last year that said that he was getting WMD (weapons of mass destruction), well didn't they prove that wrong after they destroyed his country. Hmmm... Why don't they want to believe that his sons are dead? Well it could be as you said. But could you also consider the fact that they both held important position and their death would be well....kinda sad to some people. Also they are like princes. Think about it if someone said that Price Charles or Dick Cheney was dead, what would your first thought be?

Posted by: conrad at July 30, 2003 09:52 AM
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