Grisly Video May Slow Nuclear Pact
Lawmakers Cite UAE Sheik’s Abuse of Man
By Mary Beth Sheridan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The emergence of a videotape depicting a grisly beating administered by a member of the royal family of the United Arab Emirates has complicated a U.S. effort to create the Arab world’s first nuclear energy program, officials said.
. . . The sheik later slams a board with a protruding nail into the Afghan’s naked backside. In a gruesome conclusion, a black SUV is driven over the victim’s bruised and bleeding body.
. . . “A country where the laws can be flouted by the rich and powerful is not a country that can safeguard sensitive U.S. nuclear technology,” Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) charged after the UAE tape was shown
Markey made that statement with a straight face . . . irony is dead.