Neil Durkin: The Iraqi Revolution Will Not Be Televised - But the Battered Detainee's 'Confession' Will...
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
One of the enduring images of the first Gulf War in 1991 was the 'capture video' of the two British RAF flight lieutenants John Nicol and John Peters.
The two young airmen, in their flight jackets with Union Jack badges, stared out from millions of British TV screens and newspapers for days (the Daily Mail had a memorable "What has he done to them?" front page). Nicol, square-jawed and hollow-eyed. Peters, horribly bruised and holding his head down. They gave wooden, highly unconvincing 'confessions' about their role in the war. Here were two POWs being made the subject of 'public curiosity' contrary to the Geneva Conventions. They also appeared to be the victims of torture. And they were incriminating themselves, very likely under duress.
Scroll forward two decades and, with Saddam long gone and Iraq under the prime ministership of Nouri al-Maliki, what do we find? You guessed it. TV 'confessions' from scores - hundreds - of detainees, each admitting responsibility for
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