Yet another Geneva Convention violation...
and What Would Dick Cheney Look Like?
[Posted 14 June 2005, Cartoon added October 2005]
Last month, Rupert Murdoch's tabloids in London (The Sun) and New York
(New York Post) published photos of 68-year-old Saddam Hussein in his
underwear. According to a report in California's Daily Breeze, the photos
were published to deliberately humiliate the man, a violation of The Geneva
"The Sun, a British tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch, said the photos it published
Friday and today were provided by a U.S. military official it did not identify
who hoped their release would deal a 'body blow' to the insurgency.
"Sun Managing Editor Graham Dudman told The Associated Press that the newspaper
paid 'a small sum' for the photos. He would not elaborate except to say it was
more than 500 British pounds, which is about $900.
"The New York Post, which is also owned by Murdoch, also published the photos on
"More revealing pictures were published today in The Sun, including one of Hussein
seen through barbed wire wearing a white robe-like garment, and another of Ali
Hassan al-Majid, better known as 'Chemical Ali,' in a bathrobe and holding a towel.
"'It is clear that the pictures were taken inside the prison, which means that
American soldiers have leaked the pictures,' said Hussein's chief lawyer,
Ziad al-Khasawneh. He said the photos 'add to acts that are practiced against
the Iraqi people, and of course we remember what happened in Abu Ghraib and we
remember what happened in Guantanamo.'
"Hussein's attorney said he would sue the newspaper 'and everyone who helped in
showing these pictures.'
"The U.S. military in Baghdad said the publication of the photos violated U.S.
military guidelines 'and possibly Geneva Convention guidelines for the humane
treatment of detained individuals.'
"A spokesman, Staff Sgt. Don Dees, said the military would question the troops
responsible for Hussein.
"Army Maj. Flora Lee, Multinational Forces spokeswoman in Baghdad, said the photos
could have been taken from January 2004 to April 2004, 'based on the background
of the photos and appearance of him.'
"Hussein, who was captured in December 2003, has been jailed at a complex near
Baghdad airport named Camp Cropper, which holds 110 high-profile detainees.
Of course, taking and publishing photographs for purposes of humiliating POWs is
a violation of the Geneva Conventions. The Bush administration is clearly aware of
this from their troubles over torture-mills in Cuba,
Afghanistan, and Iraq. Yet the Saddam photos were released to the press anyway,
and of course right-wingnut Rupert Murdoch was more than eager
to put them on the front page of a couple of sensationalist rags that he owns.
It didn't escape notice though:
"WASHINGTON -- A British and an American newspaper published a full-page photograph
yesterday of Saddam Hussein in his underwear and other pictures of him in his jail
cell, sparking a US military inquiry and allegations from human rights advocates
that the humiliating photos violate Geneva Conventions guidelines on the treatment
of prisoners of war.
"The most prominent picture, splashed on the front pages of The Sun of London and
the New York Post, both owned by Rupert Murdoch, depicts the weary-looking deposed
dictator standing in white briefs. In other photographs on inside pages, the
newspapers show Hussein washing his pants and sleeping. 'Butcher of Sagdad,'
the Post blared, referring to the 68-year-old Hussein's physique.
"The Sun said in a news story accompanying the photos that they were provided by a
US military official they did not identify who hoped that publication of the
pictures would deal a blow to the insurgency in Iraq by showing the once-feared
Hussein as a powerless figure."
Hussein photographs spark military inquiry
Will the Bush administration ever stop humiliating America with its illegal wars and
blatant war crimes? Well, it isn't hard to humiliate them right back. Just use a
First of all, imagine George W. Bush in his white undies. Can you stop laughing?
Like he isn't enough of a goofball with his clothes ON!
OK, now Dick Cheney. Ewww, that's DISGUSTING. Sorry for making you nauseated.
But I have to wonder what size bra he takes...
OK, one more, for the bravest of the brave. Ariel Sharon. Can you even see a human
form through all of that blubber? A sort of large mammal mutant species, with
a really ugly human head on top. Yeah, he's not exactly a part of the Bush
administration, but you'd never guess that from Bush's love affair with the man.
When you're done vomiting, think back to the photos of Saddam, now readily available
through any internet search engine. Compare him to any of our government
"leaders" -- doesn't look too bad for a man his age, does he? And so yet another
lame government stunt backfires -- Bush not only has another Geneva violation
history books (and maybe even a war crimes tribunal someday), but he's made it
quite clear what a couple of uglies he & Dick Cheney really are. Like, if they
didn't have money, they'd have no women at all. (Or in Georgie's
case, no men.)
And don't forget... DICK CHENEY IN HIS UNDERWEAR! Ah-ha-ha, made ya vomit.
Technically this cartoon is NOT a Geneva Conventions violation, as the men
pictured below, while all war criminals, are NOT yet POWs. (Scroll down for the black & white version.)
The black & white version -- perfect for black & white office printers, for
those decorating their cubicle walls. Amaze
co-workers with the ugliness of Dick Cheney and other world leaders!