(Things That Go Bump in the Night)
I'm at that age when you wake up - long before dawn-and can't get back to sleep.
You lie there- thinking of things that went wrong;of things you should or should not have done.Sometimes you think about things others have done : things like Abu Ghraib.
About a year ago,an Army Reservist,who was under investigation by the Army for prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib Prison, decided to attack his accusers by sending detailed graphic photos of prisoner abuse to the Media.
Keep in mind,the Army had become aware of the abuse some months earlier,and horrified commanders had demanded an investigation.I can only speculate here,but it would seem the Reservist "went public" in order to smear those same horrified commanders.
As the world knows,it was a very successful smear.
Every Media outlet with circulation goals to meet,or an editorial axe to grind saw to it that the American public received an almost unending barrage of Abu Ghraib photos and stories.
The story was a great hit in the Middle East as well.Virtually every Middle East outlet,from the nominally friendly to the openly hostile,made Abu Ghraib "page one,above-the-fold" news.
Now comes the nasty
While American editors and publishers were trading "high fives"-and ,perhaps,gloating over the prospect of destroying President Bush's re-election chances,al-Qaeda and the Muslim Botherhood were using the revelations as a recruiting
tool:perhaps the most effective recruiting tool since the arrival of the Crusaders in the Middle Ages.
We've seen the horrifying results of that recruitment drive:spiraling numbers of American, Coalition,and Iraqi casualties,and huge numbers of civilian losses.
al-Qaeda brought into Iraq is now spreading like cancer into Europe,Asia,Africa,and South America,and may soon erupt -again - in our land.
Yesterday,many American editors and publishers congratulated each other for their "courage" in bringing us the Abu Ghraib story.Some,thinking perhaps of market share,expressed disappointment it had all ended so soon."Just the tip of the iceberg" was a typical comment.
Not one expressed concern over the human cost of their "great crusade".<
You'll pardon me if I don't join in the cheering.