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What this is about

Bert Wallis

Finally, its Friday – the end of another week filled with shocking new Iraqi prisoner abuse photos. The images have left me with an anger I’ve never experienced, a sadness that has left me hollow and an indescribable insecurity about our future.

I looked at an image of a naked Iraqi prisoner, handcuffed to the bars of his cell, and saw the naked, charred remains of dead Americans hanging from a bridge in Iraq. I looked at a picture of a prisoner with women’s underwear on his head and saw Nick Berg’s head being cut off. I looked at a prisoner with a dog leash around his neck and saw Daniel Pearl’s neck get slashed with a knife. I looked at a prisoner with “electrodes” on his hands afraid to fall off a box and saw innocent people jump to their death from the 100th floor of the World Trade Center. I read the story of a translator who raped a screaming teenaged male terrorist and my heart heard the thousands of orphans that cry for their mothers and fathers who are still at the twin towers.

Let’s not lose sight of what this is about.

Bert Wallis

Nevada City

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