Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

Prison with a serious body count.

It's after 2 and I'm going to bed soon, but I just heard the latest from Iraq. Two US soldiers killed and 13 wounded on a mortar attack on Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad.

This normally wouldn't phase me quite so much, except that earlier today I read this article from Robert Fisk.

"The Americans in Abu Ghraib are attacked four out of every seven nights with mortars, small arms and rocket-propelled grenades. That's 16 times a month. And that's a lot of attacks."

"There is still no clear judicial process for the supposed killers, thieves and looters behind the razor wire. There was no mention - until we brought it up - of the mortar attack that killed six prisoners (and wounded 59) in their tents last month. The Americans sent psychologists to talk to the inmates afterwards and found that they believed - surprise, surprise - the Americans were using them as human shields."

It appears that a former symbol of Saddam's cruelty is now being viewed as a symbol of US injustice, and is being targeted as a result. I see higher walls and more razor wire in Abu Ghraib's future, but ultimately there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide... especially if you're one of the prisoners.

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