Koinonia (koinonia) wrote,

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.
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