Partisan nonsense |

Partisan nonsense

When language is used for partisan histrionics, true meaning is lost. [A letter-writer’s] use of the word “atrocity” to describe the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison is such a case.

Prior to the release of the prison photos, a Muslim suicide bomber in Baghdad incinerated two busloads of Iraqi preschoolers. The same week the prison photos were released, an unarmed eight-month-pregnant Israeli mother and her four daughters, age 2 to 11, were shot to death at point-blank range by Muslim “freedom” fighters.

At about the same time, the filmed beheading of Nick Berg, a Jewish American, was broadcast on the Internet. (Notice it took five armed Muslim men to kill one unarmed and bound American.) Currently, remnants of the Taliban in Afghanistan are threatening to kill any woman who votes.

In the Sudan, 30,000 black African Sudanese have been murdered by the Arab Muslim government in Khartoum, which is preventing aid workers from getting to 700,000 others who have been displaced by the horrific carnage and are on the verge of starvation. (The U.N. has just reappointed the Sudan to its human rights committee.)

But the photos of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib “atrocities?” What disgraceful partisan nonsense.

Dennis McMurray

Nevada City

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