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May 21st, 2009
03:47 PM ET

Obama’s call on photos saved lives

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/05/19/detainee.abuse.overview/art.ghraib.ny.jpg caption="The photographs from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq sparked outrage across the globe."]

Brian Wise
Special to CNN

The president's decision last week to fight the release of dozens of photographs depicting the alleged abuse of prisoners in detention facilities in Afghanistan and Iraq was more than just a political decision. It was a decision that saved lives.

By fighting the release, President Obama put the safety of our troops before the demands of an activist agenda, and Americans should thank him for it.

There is no doubt that the needless release of those photos would have cost American lives. When photos surfaced of the shocking abuse at Abu Ghraib in April 2004, violence dramatically spiked in Iraq. In the 10 days following the release of the photos, nearly 40 American soldiers were killed.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • President Barack Obama
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  1. Rania M

    I can see both sides of this argument. I understand that the lives of the American military need to be protected. However, it is also necessary to acknowledge the hurt and pain this crime has caused the Iraqi people. The photos do not have to be published for this to be achieved. The crimes we speak of, must however, be acknowledged and discussed. There are certain standards of human behaviour. This was the lowest. Everyday I see the death count for American soldiers. It is tragic. However, let us also account for the civilians who have died in the midst of yet another war. When will mankind learn the truth about peace? Never.

    May 22, 2009 at 12:41 am |