A video tape smuggled out of the United Arab Emirates shows a member of the country's royal family mercilessly torturing a man with whips, electric cattle prods and wooden planks with protruding nails. A man in a UAE police uniform is seen on the tape tying the victim's arms and legs, and later holding him down as the Sheikh pours salt on the man's wounds and then drives over him with his Mercedes SUV. In a statement to ABC News, the UAE Ministry of the Interior said it had reviewed the tape and acknowledged the involvement of Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan, brother of the country's crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed.
The ridiculous outrage by the Arabic Media to the blocking of detainees photos is painfully laughable.They are not secret. What is secret is that the media will not show us the increasing failure of the Obama administration's outreach to the muslims, but you won't believe the audacity of UAE. Unbelievable! Especially when we view their torture video. It makes me sick as to what they say about how "they were shocked because they hoped the US would be restored to a country of laws". Since when do they dictate our laws? There are no international laws. There are just treaties and those pointing the fingers break every single one of them when it comes to this issue.
ARABIC MEDIA REACTION TO BLOCKING OF DETAINEE PHOTOS:
News of the President Obama's decision to withhold detainee photos, referred to as "the torture photos" in the Arabic media, received wide coverage in the Arab world and negative commentary (shocka!). Much of the TV and press commentary revolved around a number of themes:
- The President damaged his credibility by not keeping the "promise" to release the photos
- That the President is beginning to follow in "the ways" of his predecessor
- Concern for the "rights of the 'victims'" in the photos. Online commentary is much harder, with some alleging that the "torture" photos prove US animosity towards Muslims (no mention of the vile invective directed at the US by Muslims and the Arab world).
News coverage highlighted the President's "excuse" for deciding to block the photos, along with the criticism from the human rights groups. UAE's Abu Dhabi satellite channel said "defenders of civil liberties" were "shocked because they had hoped the US would be "restored to a country of laws," adding the "observers see that the real worry (of the Obama administration) should not be the reaction to the photos, but the magnitude of the dangerous crimes documented in the photos." On the Al Jazeera Arabic's Thursday morning news show, the anchor wondered if the move "shakes the idea of Obama as a man of his word". California blogger and professor Asad Abu Khalil told Al Jazeera that the President's decision "is not surprising at all," alleging that the President already "backed down" from promises to close GITMO and quickly withdraw from Iraq, and is now intensifying the "bombardments" in Afghanistan. Khalil called on Arabs to "stop clinging to the idea of Obama as a man of principle," claiming that the President is a "skilled politician" and his decision was based "purely on political reasons". A similar point was made in the UAE's Al-Khaleej, which said the "promise was made based on principle of transparency and to expose the culture of torture that spread during the previous administration but that "political calculations proved more influential that promises and principles". (lol)
Qatar's Al Raya said the change is "unjustifiable" alleging this "confirms that this administration is not different that its predecessor, and that it succumbed to internal pressures using hollow excuses". The paper says the photographed "victims will not forget about their stolen rights" and warns the move "is harmful to US national security". Both editorials expressed concern that President Obama may "waver" on hos "commitment" to achieve peace between the "Palestinians" and the Israelis. The photos issue was also the focus of Al-Jazeera's evening discussion program, where a human rights spokesman accused the US of hypocrisy for holding back the photos, saying there were "no objections" in the US when the Congress showed a video of an Arab emir torturing an Afghan. Iraq's hostile Al-Rafidayn channel claimed that the President was walking "in Bush's footsteps"; however, neither Al-Iraqiya nor Al-Furat mentioned the story in their newscasts.
On the message boards of the two leading Arabic news websites, Aljazeera and Al Arabiya.net, many online commentators saw the decision as confirming preexisting ideas that there is little difference between the Obama and Bush administration and they are "two sides of the same coin". Some were exceptionally critical of the US, like one saying "those barbarians have shown their true natures" and another saying "they want to torture and slaughter Muslims and are trying to hide their crimes." A small few did point out that the torture happening in Arab prisons is much worse than anything the US had committed.
The quran mandates that hypocrisy is punishable by death ............. yikes!