Joking Aside

If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.

Warning: the linked article above has some graphic descriptions of torture. No, this isn’t a joke.

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  1. anon Says:

    If you know anything about the SOA/WHISC and Guantanamo Bay, you begin to understand that the type of torture going on in Iraq and Afghanistan is not shocking or surprising.

  2. spoonix Says:

    Outraged, to be sure. This is a touchy subject for me as my father was a POW in Vietnam for nearly 5 years. Torture (and I mean real torture here… beating prisoners and chaining them in fixed positions… don’t waste my time with “culturally insulting”, screaming and shouting, or 36 hour sleep deprivation as “torture”) is unacceptable.

    But I also find it outrageous that these stories are failing to point out that the reason these crimes are being investigated and that the perpetrators are being charged and punished is because some US soldiers have stood up and said, “This is wrong”. The facts that are being reported here were discovered from Pentagon reports resulting from internal military investigations.

    This is a small thing and it doesn’t change the fact that the system broke down and the crimes were committed. But it’s an important distinction given that other governments who have engaged in a doctrine of torture of prisoners rarely have sought to punish those who executed the policy.