Was gonna call it, “What. That’s it?” But that seemed inadequate. The idea, though, is that some of the most horrific crimes against humanity were staggeringly revealed in 2003, in the images from Abu Ghraib. And… and we did virtually NOTHING about it. To date, the people being called “terrorist” are STILL either the people who were victimized by these crimes and their country men and women, or the people here who took to the streets to demand an end to that war and the associated atrocities. The people who authorized this torture, the people who dumped white phosphorus all over a sleeping city and burned a hundred thousand people to death in their beds, the people who kill innocent civilians by remote control and then laugh about it… none of these people has been effectively punished. In fact, like the cops who spent the war oppressing demonstrators who were trying to stop it, they are often called “heroes” rather than “terrorists.”
A few minor minions were scapegoated and made examples of, but the people who orchestrated this remain at large.
And while Abu Ghraib was allegedly closed (in 2014, more than a DECADE after this abuse was uncovered!), Guantanamo Bay remains open, and CIA torture chambers continue to exist in secret, all over the world.
There are a lot of horrific images from Abu Ghraib. But something about this one just sends chills up my spine every time I see it. There is something so profoundly evil about what went on there… I’ve been trying to translate something about this image to canvas for so long. But… it’s really hard to figure out what I have to add with paint that wasn’t already there in the photograph. Still working on it. This painting has a lot of work to do, but first it has to dry awhile and I’ve got to figure out where to take it from here.