During World War II in which hundreds of thousands of American soldiers were killed, President Roosevelt insisted, unlike George Bush, that pictures of dead members of the military should be shown to the public. During World War II, pictures of Japanese soldiers beheading Americans were shown to the public. Today, both Bush and Obama apparently lack trust in the truth because the president has now gone back on his agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union to have pictures depicting torture in Iraq and Afghanistan released to the public. President Obama now insists to allow those pictures to be seen would endanger the lives of American soldiers. An official commented: “The president strongly believes that the release of these photos, particularly at this time, would only serve the purpose of inflaming the theaters of war, jeopardizing US forces and making our job more difficult in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.”
We big to differ with this view. In the coming days, President Obama will be making a speech directed to the Muslim people. If during that speech, Obama apologized to the people of Iran for the CIA action in overthrowing the Mossadegh government and then he admitted Americans had abused prisoners and promised to release those pictures, millions of Muslims would react with praise, not anger. They would know an American leader is being honest and acknowledging wrong doing.