May 24, 2004

Hunter Thompson's misplaced shock

Apparently, I'm not only one who found offense in Thompson's ESPN article, which I linked to after finding it on The Drudge Report. Matt Drudge, who posted the link to this outrageous article also posted this article explaining how ESPN had to clean up his comments and included the original text which so offended earlier in the day.

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According to this article, Mr. Thompson finds the recent photographs from Abu Grahaib more shocking than any atrocity recorded by the Nazis.

Granted, the pictorial evidence of prisoner abuse coming out of Abu Grahaib is not pleasant and indeed shows a seedier side of life in POW facilities run by American soldiers, but in comparison to the treatment afforded Nazi prisoners before and during WWII in the camps invented for their final solution, this abusive treatement is mild at best.

I'm sure there many examples even beyond what the Nazi's did, examples of atrocities committed by other countries and other leaders that far outweigh the cruelty shown by our misguided American soldiers to our prisoners of war in Iraq.

Mr. Thompson's observation is misguided and a little anti patriotic if you ask me.

4 comments:

Amanda said...

I don't believe he mentions (or compares it) to the Nazis. Here's what he said:
"... These horrifying digital snapshots of the American dream in action on foreign soil are worse than anything even I could have expected. I have been in this business a long time and I have seen many staggering things, but this one is over the line. Now I am really ashamed to carry an American passport."In my estimation, he's commenting on "American" actions on foreign soil. I'm sure if asked he'd admit he's seen far worse atrocities.

V said...

Amanda. I swear, he went back and rewrote the article. Earlier today, he drew comparisons with the Nazis,saying that this most recent scandal was worse.

Amanda said...

Well that's sneaky of him! I wondered how you got a Nazi reference out of that paragraph. I re-read it several times and was scratching my head. I'm going to read the Drudge report thing, too.

Amanda said...

Okay I read it. What a stupid thing for him to say! Now I totally agree with you!