Shame, shame, shame on Helen Thomas.
The crusty ex-journalist-turned-White House heckler had only one thing on her mind when her favorite news stations, al Jazeera and Iraqi state TV, repeatedly broadcast those chilling pictures of scared American POWs and gleeful Iraqi soldiers hovering over dead American soldiers last weekend.
Thomas did not ask if the five Americans in captivity had been tortured or raped.
Thomas did not wonder whether the dead American soldiers had been wantonly executed in public by Saddam's thugs, who ambushed our men and women (yes, Helen, I said "our") in the city of Nasiriyah.
Thomas did not show the least bit of curiosity about the whereabouts of eight missing American soldiers caught in the attack.
And Thomas did not inquire about the well-being of any of the anguished families of these captured, missing and murdered American soldiers.
No, the question on Hellfire Helen Thomas's mind was:
What about the poor detainees at Guantanamo Bay?
At a March 24 White House briefing, Thomas smugly broached the topic of the America POWs with White House press secretary Ari Fleischer in order to harp on her favorite subject (i.e., blaming America):
Thomas: In terms of the pictures, the administration is upset because it is a violation of the Geneva Accords, you say, and I guess it is.
Fleischer: That's correct.
Thomas: Are we following the Geneva Accords in Iraq and Guantanamo?
Fleischer: . . . (W)e have always treated people humanely, consistent with international agreements. In the case of the battle, the fight in Iraq, there's no question that is being done in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.
Thomas: But how about the detainees in Guantanamo? They have no rights under the Geneva Accords?
Fleischer: As I just indicated, we always treat them humanely . . .
I admire Fleischer's super-human restraint in the face of this disgusting display of moral equivalence masquerading as journalism. Thomas sees pictures of dead American soldiers being molested by cackling Iraqi assassins, she sees video of dazed and wounded young American soldiers in captivity, and all she can do is harangue the Bush administration for not giving Guantanamo Bay terror detainees enough "rights"?
Let there be no doubt about where Helen Thomas's heart lies.
Since nothing the White House could say would convince her that the Guantanamo detainees are being treating humanely, maybe the testimony of freed detainees themselves will. It won't make a difference to hardened America-haters, of course, but let the truth be known: