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A picture you didn’t see in the New York Times

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(Source: Counterpunch, 2004)

23 comments ↪
  • rhross

    What exactly does the tattoo depict?

  • The Israeli flag.

  • captain

    Oh, thats cute. I never saw a scorpion in an Israeli flag before.

    It must have been those evil Jews who mistreated the prisoners. Is this your point Ant? Surely you can't just be gratuitously denigrating Jews? You wouldn't do that would you?

  • rapscallion

    captain, I know you hyperventilate sarcasm and rhetorical questions like most of us pass water and defecate, but 'surely' a more sane and sensible response would be to ask if AL is presenting it as something genuine, if so how AL knows it is genuine, where it came from, and why it hasn't appeared in the NYT?

    So Antony, could you answer those reasonable questions please?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    It appeared in Counterpunch in 2004. I have no reason to believe it isn't genuine. As for appearing in other places, I have no idea, but the mainstream media routinely ignores much information.

  • Progressive_Atheist

    I believe that this picture is falsely captioned. The picture is taken of a guard from Khiam prison in Israel, not Abu Ghraib.

  • Progressive_Atheist

    Please ignore my previous posting. I misquoted what I had read from this page:

    Israelis in Iraq

    which said:

    Abu Ghraib is a carbon copy of the infamous Israeli Khiam Prison in southern Lebanon…. Israeli psychological warfare operatives, dressed in US military uniforms, controlled the prison and gave orders to American soldiers working in the prison.

    The photo of the Israeli guard also appears on that page.

    Other relevant pages:

    More Israeli Links to Abu Ghraib Torture

    Israeli Agents Believed Involved in Abu Ghraib

    US Soldiers Capture Israeli Terrorist in Iraq

    FBI reveals torture victims wrapped in Israeli flags

    Officers at Fallujah were trained in Israeli urban warfare tactics

    Israeli Operatives Working In Occupied Iraq

  • Addamo

    Given Israel's experise in torture, and their active involvement in iraq, it only stand to reaon that they would have been actively involved in Abu Graib.

    Captain, I believe the scrorpion represents a military regiment within the IDF.

  • Chris

    I believe the western press has ignored it because there is no reason to pay attention to it. It has no news value in and of itself.

    I am certain there have been 10 million photos taken in Iraq over the past 3 years.

    It is a proven fact that the majority of Americans support Israel. It is a proven fact a majority of the American military admire the IDF.

    It is a proven fact that Jews serve in the American army and that they are patriotic citizens.

  • Addamo

    "I believe the western press has ignored it because there is no reason to pay attention to it. It has no news value in and of itself."

    I beg to differ.

    There are many connotations to this.

    If the photo represents a US serviceman, or a US contractor, then I woudl agree. if however, teh phot is one of an IDF soldier or Isrerli intelligence agent, then it sheds a very dark picture on the whole operation.

    In the US, it is taboo to connect Israel to th eIraq invasion, even thought common sense woudl suggest that Israel had much invested in this operation. That such stories are not published in the US is most certainly connected to the self censorship of ant-Israeli news stories being publicised.

  • rhross

    I saw the flag and the scorpion but did not know what the word meant. I was assuming that the 'message' incorporated all three.

  • rhross

    addamo

    The Israelis have been in Iraq since the beginning. They are 'hidden' in the Kurdish areas. The Israelis have also been involved in training US soldiers which explains the home demolitions, collective punishment and general brutalities of occupation. It's all from the Israeli 'winning hearts and minds as occupiers' handbook.

    The latest I read the other day is that the Turks have done a deal to let the Israelis fiddle because when the Americans bomb Iran the Turks plan to invade Kurdistan to resolve once and for all their greatest terror of an independent Kurdish state.

    The Kurds have been working hand in glove with the Americans, and I can understand their position, betraying other Iraqis in essence although they don't really see themselves as Iraqis, in order to get themselves a State.

    But, given that a large slab of Turkey is 'Kurdish' there is no way the Turks will allow this.

    The plot thickens and stinks ever more.

  • orang

    Yep, you know the situattion is that the Kurds have done well out of the "liberation". I suspect as rhross above that the Turks will not let them stay comfortable for too long. They'll get screwed – again.

  • Addamo

    Don't forget the Mosul to Haifa oil pipeline deal. If the Kurds secure Tikrit and the oil fileds there then Israel stands to have an interrupted supply of oil.

    I'm sure the Israeli's aren't doing this all out of the goodness of their heart alone.

  • Chris

    There is no reason for Israel to do anything anywhere, except disaster relief which it has offered to many Islamic countries, out of the goodness of their hearts.

    It seems that all that has been talked about the picture is what might be, not what is. As long as there is no "what is", then it has no news value.

  • Addamo

    You clearly have not been keeping up with the new Chris,

    Israel has been very active in Kurdistan, which has caused serious friction with Turkey, who has alway had a goo relationship with Israel. The Mosul to Haifa pipeline is no secret either, nor is the fact that iunliek the other pilines in Iraq, has sene very few actr of sabotage becasue of the huge security that has been placed on it's development.

    Israel is all over Iraq like bees to honey.

    As for Israel "no reason for Israel to do anything anywhere" that too is completely erroneous. Last year Mossad agents were caught forging pasports in New Zealand. They were caught in the US after 911. These are just of the top of my head.

    Perhaps it's time you had a reality check.

  • captain

    No, of course its enough to just see a tatoo on a man's arm and come up with any number of inflammatory anti-Israel theories. This is why I assert it is merely gratuitous.

    As a 'journalist' the least that Ant could do is verify its source. Not photoshop I hope?

  • Addamo

    Photoshop? C'mon Captain. Isn't the tin foil hat getting a little too small for you?

    Many of the "theories" as you put them, are not theories at all, but well reported. It woudl apper you don't read much or rely almost entirely on the BOX for your source of news.

  • Chris

    I am puxzzled as to what you misunderstood to come up with a reference to New Zealand.

    My statement was "There is no reason for Israel to do anything anywhere, except disaster relief which it has offered to many Islamic countries, out of the goodness of their hearts."

    Meaning that Israel has no reason to do anything out of the goodness of their hearts, other than to offer humanitarian aid after natural disasters.

    What that has to do with the Mossad in new Zealand is anyones guess.

  • Addamo

    Israel's need to so antying anywhere depends on who you ask. Someone in Israel obviously consideres it necessary to operate in other countries for their own benetfit, just like they are operating in Iraq and Kurdistan.

    You seemed to suggest this was a myth.

  • Chris

    Israel's need? Israel's need for what? There has been zero reference to Israel's need.

    Are you deliberately misreading the quote? And to what purpose are you pretending to misunderstand my quote? Or is this how you operate when you can't answer the question?

  • Addamo

    You have the memory of a gnat Chris.

    The discussion was about Israel's inetrvnetion in other countries. Whther this serves a need or a desire to control certainevent is anyones guess. But there is no doubt that they do so and do it often.

  • Chris

    Leave your petty insults at home. You still have not explained why you are misdirecting the thread.

    Here it is again:

    There is no reason for Israel to do anything anywhere, except disaster relief which it has offered to many Islamic countries, out of the goodness of their hearts.

    It seems that all that has been talked about the picture is what might be, not what is. As long as there is no “what is”, then it has no news value.