- by Guy Colwell
- (A painting depicting
the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq)
- This painting has stirred the emotions
of a few people to the point where they attacked the San Francisco
gallery that displayed this painting and Lori Haigh the gallery
- Ironically the attackers against the gallery
mimicked a similar kind of hate and violence that the painting
attempts to illustrate. In spite of the attackers intentions
to censor the gallery, their crime has spurred the interests
of the press, and has caused a worldwide exposure of the painting.
No doubt, not only the value of the painting will dramatically
increase, but people will remember it for ages to come (emotional
artistic expression, regardless of how good or bad, affects art
in this very way). This painting will live in history.
- Yes this painting depicts a very dark
period of the United States, but it does not reflect the feelings
of most Americans. It does, however, depict the actions of some
Americans. The behavior of the abusers of the Abu Ghraib prison
stem from the illegal actions coming from the Bush administration.
So if any American objects to this painting as dishonoring and
besmirching the United States, consider the source of the dishonor.
Forevermore, this painting will trigger memories of George W.
Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and a few other bad apples.
- So instead of attacking the symbolic representation
of this painting, or the people who display it, why not take
action against the few people who hold responsibility for the
abuse at Abu Ghraib prison (and other US controlled prisons around
the world), namely the people of the Bush administration? And
as a lesson to those who do get convicted, maybe we should put
them in Abu Ghraib prison using the very same "interrogation"
techniques approved by this Bush administration. After urinating
and defecating on their naked bodies, making fun of their tiny
genitals, forcing them to keep awake, binding their bodies and
covering their heads, dunking them in freezing water, threatening
them with attack dogs, beating them with whips, stomping on their
bodies, kicking their genitals, and anal raping them with a stick,
all the while assuring them that this is not torture, then
ask them if they still think this kind of interrogation honors
the Geneva convention.
- How dare the incompetent and willful
members of this Bush/Cheney Administration humiliate our nation
and our people in the eyes of the world and in the conscience
of our own people. How dare they subject us to such dishonor
and disgrace. How dare they drag the good name of the United
States of America through the mud of Saddam Hussein's torture
- --Al Gore (Speech
on May 26, 2004)