Photos Not News, Nor Newsworthy
Australia's Special Broadcasting Service has broadcast previously unreleased photos from Abu Ghraib. Photos that, while more graphic and disturbing than those previously seen, were taken three years ago. There are no "new" images. All of them were turned over to U.S. military auhtorities in 2004. Punishment has been meted out. The issue should be closed.
Why is this news? Is there any motive behind this release other than the obvious, to evoke controversy and outrage? Especially in light of the recent uproar over the Danish cartoon fiasco?
More importantly, the Iraqi government is not happy with the release of the pictures. "Why use them? Why show them?"
asked Human Rights Minister, Nermine Othman. "We have had enough suffering and we don't want any more."