[Marxism] Particularly Humiliating in "Arab Culture"?
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.
# "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. . . .
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