posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 05:32 PM
Listen, and listen carefully.
You college dormitory activists and aged hippies need to come down off your sophomoric soapboxes and stop with the horseapples about nazis,
concentration camps and due process for captured insurgents. Take some instruction, buttercups...The primary reasons follow:
1) They were captured while actively engaged in attempting to subvert a Congressionally sanctioned U. S. Military action. They are not afforded the
same legal rights as a U. S. citizen charged with a crime. It is not the role of the U. S. armed forces to act as law enforcement officers, where
they must establish probable cause, collect supporting evidence, conduct an arraignment, convene a jury of peers, and allow a weighing of evidence and
a lengthy appeals process. Any one who believes this should happen is living in a fantasy land and should probably lay off the 4:20 until their
brains heal, or at least until they get out of high school.
2) Arguably, these particular 'prisoners of war' are the best treated in the history of warfare.
To wit, in modern, post-Geneva accord warfare, guerilla insurgents and soldiers captured out of uniform have been subject to summary execution -
read: they got a bullet to the back of the head if they were captured. Numerous autobiographies have documented this fact -- Col. Charles Askins'
"Unrepentant Sinner" (Paladin Press, 1991) specifically documented the ordered killings of uniformed Wehrmacht and SS troops who had been captured
in battle. Until the VietNam era, there was precedent for it, and executions of POWs on an active battlefield was an accepted and encouraged
I bring this up to punctuate the difference in the way the POWs from the Persian campaign are treated. They are well-fed, get meals consistent with
their religion, are well-treated, are allowed to freely practice their religion, receive better medical care than any of us do, and have been spared
the fate that many could effectively argue that they should have gotten.
3. Those of us who have been there know the truth. You aged hippies and campus activists, on the other hand, are nowhere near as smart, reasoned and
as well informed as you think you are. Stop trying to live an image just because you think it's the "cool" thing to do. Grow up.
To the OP, thanks for being willing to share.
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