Abu Ghraib Reading

Susan Sontag on the Abu Ghraib torture pictures: “The torture of prisoners is not an aberration. It is a direct consequence of the with-us-or-against-us ideology of world struggle with which the Bush administration has sought to change, change radically, the international stance of the United States and to recast many domestic institutions and prerogatives.”. Mark Danner on reports from the Red Cross and the American military: “dispatches from the scene of a political disaster“. The man who built Abu Ghraib (and was subsequently gaoled there) thinks it shouldn’t be demolished. Update: I missed David Aaronovitch’s reply to Sontag’s piece (thanks to Stephen Newton).


  1. The trouble with Sontag’s story

    ‘The photos are us,” said the cover line for Susan Sontag’s G2 essay yesterday. I took this to mean that a much respected writer would demonstrate how the Abu Ghraib pictures told all Americans (and perhaps all Britons too) something about themselves…

  2. Myth of moral superiority

    Continued revelations that US troops torture Iraqi prisoners and that British troops may do the same, seem to divide people into two camps; the shocked and the unsurprised. Meanwhile commentators like the Observer’s David Aaronovitch miss a poi…

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