[Marxism] Savagery

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu May 6 09:05:37 MDT 2004


(This was referred to in Maureen Dowd's NY Times op-ed column today.)

The Toronto Star
May 6, 2004 Thursday

Yesterday, British Prime Minister Tony Blair's human rights envoy to 
Iraq said U.S. soldiers detained an elderly Iraqi woman last year, 
placed a harness on her, made her crawl on all fours and rode her like a 
donkey.

The envoy, MP Ann Clwyd, said she had investigated the claims of the 
woman in her 70s and believed they were true. During five visits to Iraq 
in the last 18 months, Clwyd said, she stopped at British and U.S. 
jails, including Abu Ghraib, and questioned everyone she could about the 
woman's claims.

"She was held for about six weeks without charge," the envoy told 
London's Evening Standard newspaper. "During that time she was insulted 
and told she was a donkey. A harness was put on her, and an American 
rode on her back."

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