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Saturday, September 05, 2009

In the Name of the Rose

If there is a worse use of the U.S. military
than "nation-building,"

it is adult supervision and behavior modification

of other peoples' politicians

"One Way or Another, Leaving Iraq",
George Will


After watching the award-winning documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side (2007), which explored the abusive interrogation practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, the only response is that someday we as a nation will pay for this unpunished criminal behavior.

The knee-jerk reactions of the U.S. following the terrorist attacks of 9-11 are a shame that we will live with, and if we refuse to face and deal with it, more the plague it shall be. Democratic, liberal nations do not allow or accept torture of prisoners or of citizens, and the U.S. did both in the name of the Phony War on Terror (
PWOT ©).

The further shame is that the 30 percenters still defend and espouse torture as a legitimate national policy. Torture is a crime. Period.

As an aside, it is heartening when conservative writers like George Will come around to changing their minds on the matter of the elective "Desert Wars" (
One Way or Another, Leaving Iraq.) It is equally unfortunate when liberals must find question even in that gesture (as they have done). Have we become so pugilistic as a nation that maintaining partisan lines is the only thing that matters?

When affiliation wins over rectitude, we are lost.

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Blogger Terrible said...

I still haven't watched Taxi to the Dark Side. I was going to buy it when it first came out but didn't get to it. And I saw a month or so ago it's available free on-line at IceFilms. But I know even though I already know most of whats in it that it's going to make me very angry. And I don't know how much more anger I can take.

As to Will I think a lot of the disgust towards him is because people question whether it isn't his trying to chase the winds of public sentiment rather then a real change of heart. But you're right in that we can't afford to attack anyone who comes over to the correct side of the argument regardless of how they came. And since he does seem to have some influence inside the Beltway bubble it's good to see him speaking truth.

Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 3:40:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Taxi made me ashamed of my country.
The homicides committed by US types in these prisons needs to be addressed whether contractor/CIA or military. And of course the chain of command issues needs to be explored, but it ain't gonna happen.

Monday, September 7, 2009 at 10:51:00 AM GMT-5  

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