Say, have you ever wondered what a liberated Iraqi looks like? Wonder no longer. A photograph of a liberated Iraqi was provided to the world from the wife of an American “special forces” soldier. Here it is. See if you can find the liberated Iraqi:
Hmm… The man sitting in the middle? No, he’s not an Iraqi. He’s an American special forces soldier.
What about that leg coming in from the left? No, that’s another American special forces soldier.
Oh, hey! Isn’t that a piece of flesh underneath the American soldier who is sitting in the middle of the picture? Yes! You’ve found it! That’s the Iraqi! That’s what a liberated Iraqi looks like!
This photograph is just part of a big collection of photographs taken by a Navy SEAL (the best of the best!) showing other happy American soldiers sitting on a pile of Iraqis who had been handcuffed, hooded, and piled on top of each other in the back of a big truck. Oh, praises be for the liberation of Iraq!
How did this photograph get into our hands? Well, the Navy SEAL soldier who took the photographs brought them home when his tour ended. He wanted to show off to his wife, see. Then, the wife decided to post them on the Internet. She wanted to show off to all her friends, see. Oh, what a big, tough well-trained soldier her husband is!
When the wife found out that a reporter had found the photographs, she became very upset – at the reporter.
When the Navy found out about the photographs, it too was very upset. A Navy spokesman explained that it’s illegal to take pictures of prisoners.
Oh, yeah, and then there’s the problem of abusing prisoners… But, after all, that’s not illegal any more. Bush’s new Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, says that the Geneva Conventions are “quaint” and “outdated”.
Taking unauthorized pictures, though. That’s serious! I guess we still have some liberating to do.