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American Torture

by | 10th, May 2004

‘CONTRARY to what Sir Elton John and Blue would have us believe, sorry does not appear to be the hardest word to say.

Although he’d forgotten why, Gary knew he had to shoot

In fact, it rolls off Mr Blair’s tongue more easily than a booze cruise of Brits rolling off the ferry in Calais.

The Prime Minister was at it again yesterday, following the lead of President Bush and US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in apologising for coalition abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners.

It was what is known as a pre-emptive apology from Mr Blair – no definitive proof has yet emerged about British abuse, although it appears to be only a matter of time before some does.

Not so for the Americans – every day now they are seeing yet more images in the press and on TV of their repulsive behaviour in the Abu Ghraib jail near Baghdad.

But for all the apologies, there seems a complete lack of willingness to take responsibility for what appears – in Abu Ghraib at least – to have been systematic abuse.

Far from being the work of a few bad apples, the Guardian says that one soldier who has been charged with mistreating Iraqi prisoners claims she was acting on direct orders from army intelligence officers, CIA operatives and civilian interrogators.

And, despite offering what it calls “an unaccustomed apology” to Congress, Rumsfeld ducked the question of responsibility.

Republican senator John McCain complained: “I did not get answers

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