I share the outrage expressed in the British press over the treatment of our naval personnel accused by Iran of illegally entering their waters. It is a disgrace. We would never dream of treating captives like this - allowing them to smoke cigarettes, for example, even though it has been proven that smoking kills. And as for compelling poor servicewoman Faye Turney to wear a black headscarf, and then allowing the picture to be posted around the world - have the Iranians no concept of civilised behaviour? For God's sake, what's wrong with putting a bag over her head? That's what we do with the Muslims we capture: we put bags over their heads, so it's hard to breathe. Then it's perfectly acceptable to take photographs of them and circulate them to the press because the captives can't be recognised and humiliated in the way these unfortunate British service people are.
US Forces paraded detainee's around in orange jump suits with sand bags tied over their heads. I wonder how hot, humid and uncomfortable that was in tropical Cuba?
He also takes a shot at what the United States is doing at Gitmo.
The true mark of a civilised country is that it doesn't rush into charging
people whom it has arbitrarily arrested in places it's just invaded. The inmates
of Guantánamo, for example, have been enjoying all the privacy they want for
almost five years, and the first inmate has only just been charged. What a
contrast to the disgraceful Iranian rush to parade their captives before the
I completely understand the seriousness of this situation. However I do think its important to assess progress through the eyes of the world. The major media conglomerates across the nation distort public perception through their nightly biased programming.
We don't fully understand what the global community thinks of us, as a nation. Bush paints us as liberators. Many see us as aggressors. Hence, footage of the Iranian treatment of British soldiers draw outrage in the US, but is seen as much kinder treatment than what US Forces deliver.
Jones makes this point in a humorous and sarcastic way, which is right up my alley!