[Marxism] Particularly Humiliating in "Arab Culture"?

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Tue May 18 19:40:44 MDT 2004


Throughout the US media coverage of Abu Ghraib torture scandal, I've 
kept seeing the same idea -- be it journalists' own or expressed in 
others' remarks quoted or paraphrased in articles -- that the torture 
in question is particularly humiliating in Arab or Muslim culture. 
E.g.:

# "Members of the [Senate Armed Services] committee, Republicans as 
well as Democrats, have expressed extreme annoyance recently over not 
being informed about the explosive photographs depicting abuse that 
included sexual humiliation -- a particular outrage in Arab culture" 
(David Stout, "Rumsfeld Offers an Apology," New York 
Times/International Herald Tribune, May 8, 2004). . . .

To top it all off, Andrew Marshall of Reuters writes of three Iraqis 
working for Reuters who were subjected to torture by the US military: 
"Two of the three said they had been forced to insert a finger into 
their anus and then lick it, and were forced to put shoes in their 
mouths, particularly humiliating in Arab culture" ("Reuters Staff 
Abused by U.S. Troops in Iraq," May 18, 2004)! People of any culture 
in the world would consider being forced to "insert a finger into 
their anus and then lick it" and to "put shoes in their mouths" no 
less degrading than people in "Arab culture" do!!!

The subtext of many reports on torture of Iraqi prisoners is a 
bizarre mixture of sexism, homophobia, and orientalism. . . .

The rest of the article is at 
<http://montages.blogspot.com/2004/05/particularly-humiliating-in-arab.html>.
-- 
Yoshie

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