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Last night there was a story in the news about American reservists…

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Last night there was a story in the news about American reservists torturing and humiliating Iraqi prisoners. I don't quite know how to react. On one hand, I feel sick. I mean, any good will we've gained over the years is gone. We are probably the most hated nation in the whole world.

On the other hand, why is everyone reacting like this is the first time there've been any allegations? There were allegations of abuse in the earliest days of the war, that American GI's were writing "Thief" on some detainees and marching them through public parks. There was even a picture of it.

And Information Clearing House. (www.informationclearinghouse.com) has alleged that there's a film that's been shown in Europe and Austrailia about a 'Convoy of death'. US troops taking prisoners out in containers to die. Kicking and hitting them. ICH alleges that it's only in America that the film hasn't been shown. Is this true? Has anyone seen it? Is this a bunch of hooey?

I don't know what to believe any more. I feel sick and bruised and confused. I'm ashamed of what my country is doing in Iraq and I'm angry at Washington for sending young men and women to die in Iraq. I'm angrier at Washington for lying to those same troops to tell them that they can't go home after promising them. I'm ashamed that we've slipped so far from any kind of ideal we used to cherish about human rights.

This isn't the place I came home to thirty years ago. It isn't the same at all.
  • I'm also angry...

    About the 'fuss' that's being made about Pat Tillman's death. It is sad that he has died, yes--but to call him a hero? Are not all those who have died in service to this country heroes?

    But because he turned down a multi-million dollar contract in the NFL to join the fighting in the Middle East, he's apparently more of a hero than your average soldier.

    Despite the families, spouses, parents, children, friends, lovers, dependents, who have also lost their dear ones. Dear ones who gave up things far more precious than money: families, spouses, parents, children, friends, lovers, dependents, and most of all, life.

    Again, yes, Pat gave up his. But why does he get more fanfare than the others?
    • Re: I'm also angry...

      Again, yes, Pat gave up his. But why does he get more fanfare than the others?
      He doesn't, and to his credit, he refused to give any interviews prior to or after joining. He said he didn't want to bring attention to himself because he wasn't special.
      • Re: I'm also angry...

        But he *has* gotten more fanfare. He's been all over the 'Net and all over most of the news stations I sometimes watch. And when I say 'all over', I mean it. I can't remember which station I was watching, but after two or three news stories, they would mention Pat Tillman. Again. And again.

        It's like that female private that got injured and was sent home--Jessica? Anyway, the news wouldn't leave that girl alone.

        The only other individual I have seen receive 'special' news attention is Michelle Witmer. She was killed, and the media focused on the fact that she has two sisters who are also fighting over there. The military is allowing the other two sisters to come home.

        But again I say: aren't all those who have died worth this much attention?
        • Re: I'm also angry...

          It's like that female private that got injured and was sent home--Jessica? Anyway, the news wouldn't leave that girl alone.
          Yeah, that was blown WAY out of proportion. Yes, she was a woman. And? So? If women want to serve in the military and serve on the front lines, then things like this will happen. Just like it happens to men.

          The only other individual I have seen receive 'special' news attention is Michelle Witmer. She was killed, and the media focused on the fact that she has two sisters who are also fighting over there. The military is allowing the other two sisters to come home.
          Don't remember hearing about that but stuff like that happens all the time. I guy I used to work with ran into his brother in a desert out in the middle of Kuwait. And there was a father and son serving in the same battallion in the MEU I was on. The news just wants something that sounds more interesting than "so-and-so got shot by random sniper fire".

          But again I say: aren't all those who have died worth this much attention?
          Did you see Nightline a couple nights ago?
  • sanitising

    What *we* do has always been sanitised, whoever the *we* is....
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