The ensuing battle turned Omar the Translator into Omar the Terrorist whom the Feds
allege to have murdered -- not simply killed -- an American sergeant
. Reports disagree about exactly what happened during that skirmish eight
years ago, but no one disputes that "our boys" initiated things.
What are we doing in Afghanistan? Why are we invading this sovereign country, let alone its citizens' farms? What gives Americans wearing funny hats
and bulky clothes the right to pester villagers on their own turf, let alone disarm them? Oh, of course: might makes right. Well, guys, listen up:
you're already in the wrong here. You were wrong the day you headed to the recruiter's office and signed up to kill people; you're still wrong no
matter how many Afghanis shoot back when you trespass.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent
that will reach to himself.
US patriot & political philosopher (1737 - 1809)
This is clearly not a case of murder, at least from the information that we do have and furthermore, this kid, Khadr, doesn't sound like a terrorist
to me. At the very most, he is an enemy soldier, though that is a stretch in of itself. It shouldn't matter how bad his father is or how much
terrorism his father engages in. If Omar himself has not engaged in any terrorism (no, combat is not terrorism), then he isn't a terrorist, regardless
of who or what his father is.
This is what we have become. Apparently, when you respond to an attack by US soldiers or western mercenaries, you are a criminal, not an enemy
soldier. This basically makes the US military (privately owned or not), a police force with international jurisdiction, as opposed to an actual
Here is a hint... When you invade another country and people fight back, they are soldiers, not terrorists. Furthermore, they should be treated
according to the treaties that we are party to. When we don't abide by these treaties, is exposes our own soldiers to the same behavior. I can
remember growing up and watching old WWII and Vietnam flicks. I used to get so angry at how the American and allied POWs were treated by both the
Japanese and our communist enemies. They clearly were not abiding by the treaties that they were signators of. However, at least they made an effort
to hide it. We don't even give the courtesy of trying to hide our behaviour, we just insist we are right and endanger our own fighting heroes with the
same behavior or worse and at the same time, exaserbating the situation.
Did he engage in any terrorism against civillians that we know about? No, therefore he isn't a terrorist, regardless of the religion he subscribes
We are treading very thin water here and I have no doubts that history will judge correctly, just as it did the Nazis. People always wonder how the
German people allowed the Nazis to get away with what they had. I use to wonder the same thing, then I realized that the German people were probably
manipulated in the same or similar way to that of Americans in our current times. It is no longer a mystery for me, just look at what is happening
today and how the American people are buying it hook, line and sinker.
The only difference is that there is absolutely no excuse for our generation. We have the internet and a means to know the truth, not to mention the
Nazi precendent. The German people had to rely on their government and their media, as they didn't have the world at their finger tips.
Anyway, it is a wonderfully interesting article
and I suggest that everyone read
it, regardless of whether you are for or against the premise. You just may learn something useful.
edit on 4-11-2010 by airspoon because: (no reason given)