Friday, May 20, 2005

Because people need to know...

Even as the young Afghan man was dying before them, his American jailers continued to torment him.

Some people were rather upset over allegations by Newsweek of desecrating the Koran. I wonder how they'll respond to murder. The Times today has a detailed report of some of the interrogation techniques which led to multiple deaths of Afghan inmates in American facilities.
Last year I did a project on Abu Ghraib prison, before many of the details about the treatment of prisoners had been released. One could only imagine what was going on within its walls. Honestly, I couldn't bring myself to imagine it this bad.
By then he was dead, his body beginning to stiffen. It would be many months before Army investigators learned a final horrific detail: Most of the interrogators had believed Mr. Dilawar was an innocent man who simply drove his taxi past the American base at the wrong time.

To torture and murder people, not even presumed guilty, but presumed innocent, is horrible beyond description. And the fact that high level officials knew about it - that's beyond words.
I wonder about the ramifications of this type of activity. Have our standards towards the treatment of prisoners changed and will they stay that way? Will this set the precedent that the United States condones torture? Will the people of our country, who cling so strongly to our American principles, let this prison remain open and allow these procedures to remain unchecked? We are struggling not only to win with our bombs, but to win the hearts and minds of people in this region of the world. I would like to challenge the Commander in Chief to do a better job. And I would like to apologize for my government and military engaging in these types of acts. For what it's worth.

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At May 20, 2005 12:46 PM, Blogger Gilbert Martinez said...

Ya know, all these appalling revelations make ME want to curse. It also makes me want to crawl under a rock and hide.

Sure, our country has a checkered past--at best--but we have typically moved in a forward direction. We fought for so many positive things and were once an enviable country. But lately it seems like we are going backwards in so many ways, and losing more and more respect.

All this talk about moral values by our leaders and we allow this. Sometimes I wish these people would take a deep breath and ask, "What Would Jesus Do?"

 
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