Jeanne at Body and Soul looks at the latest in torture relativism in her typically unique way: "Can you tell, without peeking at the linked articles, which group of torturers is on our side?" and asks:
Is it fair to draw comparisons between what Saddam's agents who are no longer working for Saddam do now and what they did before, and is it fair to note that the main difference between the "torture houses" of Iraqi insurgents and the prisons and military compounds where our abuses, and those of our allies, take place is probably that the latter are better equipped?
And when we talk about Iraq before the invasion, and Iraq after the invasion, somebody give me hint about what is supposed to have changed? I haven't read yet about amputations of limbs or ears. Was this a war for less chilling forms of torture?
A commenter points out that the stories of insurgent torture houses and chicken dinners at Gitmo are the results of a PR effort to lessen the impact of the new photos and videos from Abu Ghraib that will be released by June 30th due to a recent US District Court order. Photo via LA Times