Saturday 20 January 2018

War now a horror film, and soldiers the stars

Robert Fisk

When prisoners were brought to Saddam Hussein's intelligence service for interrogation, their torturers often videotaped the torment.

In the years after his downfall, I lectured around the world on the illegality and the immorality and the outrageous civilian slaughter of the invasion of Iraq by George W Bush and Tony Blair.

But I also carried with me extracts from those obscene videos -- just in case the war's detractors forgot just what an iniquitous man Saddam actually was. The videos were originally shot to shame the prisoners, but also, I suspect, for the sense of domination it gave the torturers.

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