UN Report Finds Torture Worse in Iraq Than Under Saddam

I’ve never been very interested in discussions of whether Iraq is better or worse off as a result of the US invasion. Regardless of the answer, we certainly are not going to consider reinstalling Saddam. It is difficult to compare tyranny as opposed to civil war (sometimes accompanied by tyranny) and most likey the answer differs for different people. That said, here’s one report which does compare one parameter before and after Saddam–torture.

The BBC reports that the United Nation’s chief anti-torture expert says torture many be worse now than under Saddam:

Manfred Nowak said the situation in Iraq was “out of control”, with abuses being committed by security forces, militia groups and anti-US insurgents.

Bodies found in the Baghdad morgue “often bear signs of severe torture”, said the human rights office of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq in a report.

Nowak has not actually visited Iraq but has based his report on autopsies and interviews with refugees. He says he would be unable to obtain an accurate report from visiting Iraq due to the level of violence which would prevent him from leaving the Green Zone (which, for our Michigan State readers, is not where Drew Stanton practices passing the football). Both the level of torture, regardless of whether it is worse than under Saddam, and the overall level of violence demonstrate the failure of US policy.

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