posted on May, 2 2004 @ 01:28 PM
And many Americans still wonder why Arabs, Iraqis, Afghanis, and others in the third World distrust, and even worse, hate America and its citizens
wherever they may be found. We don't practice what we preach! Our military and "intelligence" (oxymoron at its best) representatives spread hatred
against America throughout the third world.
Will the vicitims of this abuse ever forget? Will their families, friends, and neighbors forget? What of all those in the world who are now reading
about these atrocities in the mainstream press? Many will remember the atrocities of other conflicts that the U.S. intelligence and military were
Anyone who was not born yesterday,knows that this can only happen because it is the policy of those in our government who have the responsibility and
power to direct how prisoners of war are treated. Where does the buck stop? Can you say "White House"?
It will be amusing to see what kind of lies, coverups, and scapegoats those who are responsible conjure up in the coming weeks and months.
We were shown that our government has a policy of mistreating captives when we witnessed the treatment of those held at Guantanomo (no, i'm not sure
if that spelling is correct, nor do I care). The images of hooded prisoners, made to hold a squatting position for hours, with their hands tied
behind their backs with plastic ties, are burned into the memories of millions. What kind of treatment is that if not torture? Oh, well, MI (read
that "military insanity") says it's necessary to break down their resistance so they'll be more pliant in interrogation. I suggest you consider
the history and purpose of torture when used as a tool for intelligence (information) gathering. Sorry folks, all the sorry euphemisms you can think
of to justify this outrageous conduct do not change its character into something less than torture or into conduct that's acceptable in a civilized
world. When the superpowers engage in this conduct, how do you expect the lesser powers to behave any better?
This country needs a house cleaning at the highest levels. G.W. Bush has shown himself to be an utter failure as a leader. This latest humiliation
of what America claims to stand for (and what America actually stood for at its founding in the historically not so distant past) is just another
glaring example of what's wrong at the highest levels of our government.