Monday, September 05, 2005

The Americans are finding Iraqi inmates to be quite resourceful. For example, several hundred prisoners dug a 357 foot tunnel in an effort to escape from a prison camp near the Iranian border.

They had worked on the tunnel for almost a year, using five gallon water cans to haul the dirt out, transfer it to their pockets or whatever, then discreetly spread it out over the soccer field. The Americans began to notice things like the soccer field was subtly changing colors, and the wooden floors in one of the buildings appeared to be rising, but they couldn't figure out what was going on.

The plot only became known to the occupiers when some weasel betrayed his fellow imprisoned Iraqis and squealed to their captors.

But here's what puzzles me: The Americans are making the Iraqis who built the tunnel sound like they're evil or something. Yet when Steve McQueen does the exact same thing in some old infidel movie about World War II POW's trying to escape from the Nazis, the Americans are portrayed as heroic, brilliant, and resourceful!

Now if that's not a double standard, I don't know what is.