posted on May, 3 2004 @ 12:23 PM
The people of Iraq are not a monolithic unit. Some of them may be terrorists. Most of them are probably just like people everywhere else. The invading
coalition forces are not a monolithic unit. The few who torture and abuse prisoners are terrorists, in my book, and a disgrace to their families,
their countries, their cultures, their religions, and the whole human race.
They have put captives from the coalition forces in grave danger. It's unexcusable on the part of their officers that this was allowed to go on. I'm
glad that the officers in question are being disciplined. I hope they are kicked out of the armed forces. All the participants in these disgusting
activities have spit in the face of every single soldier who has maintained self-discipline during combat at enormous emotional cost.
It is hard to fight terrorism. I'm all for fighting terrorism. But I would like to know, who are we fighting in Iraq? We declared war on Saddam, or
so we said. We have him. We have disbanded his army and political machine. So who are we fighting now? Some terrorists maybe, probably some
opportunists, too, but if some of these Iraqi fighters had lived in North America in the late 1700s and had chosen to fight against occupying foreign
forces, they'd have been called patriots.