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Should This Even Be An Issue?

The full story and the video is here http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6201333.ece

While I totally feel that no man should be put through such pain, I wonder if the US may be over-reacting over this. If the deal do not go ahead as a result of this, it would be wrong in my opinion. The action of a single person - no matter how influential - shouldn't hamper developments that would favour millions of people.

It is a storm in a tea cup and perhaps the US should get a grip? Remember that if they won't go ahead, loads of nation would gladly take on the project at US expense.

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ElRazur, what is reported here is an extreme case of violence.  For someone to own a cattle prod, apparently it wasn't for decoration! The dude had no reservation about carrying out these extremities and went as far as demanding that it should be video recorded.  This is the mind of a sick person. The video here is one revelation out of possibly many others that are not revealed.  He is a powerfully influential person with access to government to the extent that he is being assisted in the crime by a uniformed policeman. I am shocked that you failed to expand your imagination and err on the side of exaggeration than to give this criminal the benefit of doubt that he lacks capacity to abuse his priviledged position and use indiscriminate power to inflict injury and violate the security rights of a multitude of the population.  So many people with similar traits have been excused on same bias you proposed and many lives were lost that could have been saved if the proper intervention had taken place early on in the discovery.  Uday is a perfect model.  Think about it ElRazur.

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Saddam's kids were just as bad, if not much worse. Uday was said to be such a cruel sadist that even his own father was disturbed.

But I agree with you that the West should distance itself from these regimes.

That said, where is the general Muslim outrage over this case? They riot in the streets when US water-boarding is mentioned but when something like this which is far, far worse occurs, there is nothing but silence.

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I see your point and why you are coming from. Let us look at the flip side, if we [western world] do not deal with them, then they would be forced to deal with a nation that is questionable. Or worse still, UAE may deviate from the "Nuclear peace deal" and opted for other alarming project in the process.

Personally, I do not agree with Royal families. Especially if they are being fed by the monies and taxes of the masses. Having said that, we cannot allow a single case of Torture get in the way of bigger things, perhaps we may have more to lose as a result. Just imagine if UAE now opts to deal with NK as a result of the US refusal to go ahead with the deal. Not only we would lose our interest and influence in that region,we may also be heading for even something much more we ain't bargained for.

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Obama should not deal with those evil tyrants that use religion to subdue the masses.

Even Saddam's kids did not torture a human in this way.

Can you imagine if this was Ahmadinejad's fifth cousin doing this? It would be on Faux Noise and all the neocons will point to it as evidence of Ahmadinejad's plan to "wipe Israel off the face of the map".

However, when one of those useless princes from discredited royal families (propped up by American arms) burns a man's genitals, there are ready excuses for him.

The US must stop supporting tyrants in the Muslim world and encourage democracy that will benefit the people, remove those old relics referred to as "royal families", and make it possible for victims of these types of abuses to seek justice in a court of law!

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The news article is a distraction. It lacks relative substance to issues in the country. There is evidence of human rights violation, why is media debating the morality of it in public airwave? What is the International Court of Justice doing about it? What is International Red Cross doing about it? What is White House going to do about it? By bringing it to us for consumption, what exactly do they want us to do, what response do they want, a protest march, an uprising, hunger strike? This is no more than distraction, there is defect in this news production.

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There are defects in the story and it should be returned back to the press room for re-production.

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