The Mallet of Understanding

Wielding the tools of cluelessness correction with a compassionate and well manicured hand.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Major Clue for Mr. Womack!

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Abu Ghraib pyramids 'not wrong':

Another photo featured Pvt Lynndie England, who has since had a child with Graner, leading a prisoner on a leash.

Mr Womack said tethers were "a valid tool" when dealing not only with prisoners, but also with children.

"You've probably been at a mall or airport and seen children on tethers; they're not being abused," he argued.

Clue Delivery for Mr. Womack!

Comparing wayward rugrats precious darlings with is just*outré* that I can hardly speak.

No, wait, I'm over it, I have recoveréd and am in *FULL* capacity of my ability to speak. Prisoners ≠ Children! Children are in danger of their lives in crowded malls where they are a danger to themselves and from others (not to mention the havoc they can cause when allowed to run free and unsupervised by their parents). Prisoners, on the other (well manicured) hand, are already in a supposedly "safe" place, both from themselves and from society at large, and are supposed to be safe--now pay attention, Mr. Womack, this is the important part--from harm done *by* their keepers. Further, children on restraints are allowed to, nay, *encouraged* to walk, while those prisoners were forced to *crawl* on all fours like--like animals or--or pre-ambulatory babies! *Le FUME*

Oh, and how DARE you compare and equate our proto-human--post fetii Precocious Little Angels with those nasty, unwashed and naked prisoners? Are you deliberately trying to invoke the wrath of millions of soccor-moms?

*Some* people's children, I swear!

Further: "

"Don't cheerleaders all over America form pyramids six to eight times a year. Is that torture?" Guy Womack, Graner's attorney, said in opening arguments to the 10-member U.S. military jury at the reservist sergeant's court-martial."

*Le sigh*

Guy, I think you need to get out more, poopsie-kins. Cheerleading is supposed to *boost* morale, both of the team, and the fans. We'll skip the similarities to an assemblage of sacrificial virgins a la Celtic mythology for now, but tell me, just *whose* morale was lifted by seeing naked, humiliated men piled against their will into a heap?

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This is a heap. It's not a pyramid. You will note that the only people smiling are England and her beau Graner. In fact, other photographs show the prisoners hooded. I truly doubt they are smiling, Mr. Womack.

Now, compare closely for a clue:

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You will note that this is a photo of happy people who co-operated and built a human pyramid. Note the smiles on their faces. Note the pride of accomplishment. I'd be willing to bet that none of these people feel humiliated by what they are doing.

There's an important word I'd like you to learn, Mr. Womack: Consent. Without it, it's degradation, abuse and torture. Now, would you be so kind to turn around and bend over? I'd like to drive this home with the Rubber Hose of Knowledge On the Ethical Detention of Prisoners.