San Diego Soliloquies

Sunday, May 02, 2004

Building Freedom

Only a profoundly ignorant person would insist that:

    ...in my lifetime, at least, the United States has generally erred by not being violent enough, rather than by being too brutal.

Really? U.S. soldiers are not violent enough? Tell me, warbloggers. what's the next step beyond this?: (Note, all these acts were perpetrated in one of Saddam's former torture centers)

    Breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees; pouring cold water on naked detainees; beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair; threatening male detainees with rape; allowing a military police guard to stitch the wound of a detainee who was injured after being slammed against the wall in his cell; sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick, and using military working dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one instance actually biting a detainee.

Remember, this is a small minority of soldiers, but according to the General in charge of the rest of this facility, these atrocities were committed at the behest of our intelligence community. They wanted the prisoners softened up before interrogation.

Well, the corruption is out in the open now. We've asked our soldiers, sailors and marines to fight an illegal, immoral war. They did so to the best of their abilities. Now they face the soul-killing job of an army of occupation amongst a hostile people. Occupation of a people who do not want to be occupied inevitably leads to atrocities. Now maybe Glenn Reynolds and the warbloggers he surveyed would be happy with an Amritsar or a Wounded Knee. I am not. I firmly believe that Iraq is our responsibility; we broke it, we bought it. But I also believe we are not the people to fix it.


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