Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Pornography of war 

This story just keeps getting weirder and weirder. The authenticity of the photos allegedly showing abuse of Iraqi prisoners by British soldiers continues to be under strong suspicion. It seems that devil is in the detail and the details just don't stack up.

Meanwhile, two Arabic websites, Albasrah.net and the Committee for the Defence of Saddam Hussein, have been running sexually explicit photos of American soldiers raping and sexually degrading Iraqi women. The only problem is that “most of the photos are taken from the American pornographic website ‘Iraq Babes,’ and the Hungarian site, ‘Sex in War,’ which is linked to by the American site. Both websites are linked to by violent pornography sites and both describe Iraqi women -- played by ‘actresses’ -- in vulgar terms.”

In case you were wondering, both the Arabic sites are now off the net, and the cached pages unfortunately also do not reveal the photos in question (not that it would be advisable to check it out from work computers anyway).


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