Hostage taking is not new news

I have been seeing a whole lot more news lately from both the traditional press and the major blogs about the US taking several women prisoner in order to use them as hostages to coerce behavior from their husbands and other male relatives in Iraq. It is good to have this discussion but this is a discussion that we could have had in the fall of 2003, as these events were being reported then. On October 29, 2003, I wrote the following:

Trent Lott is stating that the United States should consider as a policy option
outright genocide. He said “If we have to, we just mow the whole place down, see what happens. You’re dealing with insane suicide bombers who are killing our people, and we need to be veryaggressive in taking them out.”

This is not my country. I do not want my country, your country and OUR country to lose its soul. We should not be advocating or even considering as a potential option “Crimes against Humanity” which is what mowing the entire place down could become. I do not want this country to be a party to war crimes although those are already occuring at the lowest levels with interrogation techniques that are coming perilously close to torture, hostage-taking and collective punishment These are war crimes, and they are crimes that will completely stain the soul and character of OUR Country and ourselves. I want my country to not even think about committing crimes against Humanity, but now it is…. I weep.

This information is information that we as a public knew about over two years ago. Yet it is only being discussed now. I am angry, I am pissed, and I am ashamed for we have turned away from the reality of our actions and have deeply inhaled the opium of delusions as we debated on who was more optimistic for their own fuzzy math. I am disgusted that it has taken the press two years to start reporting on this story despite the fact that the evidence was already there and that some of their reporters had the courage to take the first steps, but the second, third and fourth steps never happened.

People may be puzzled why the United States has very little credibility overseas, and that no one is rushing in to back up our follies in Iraq. This is one of the reasons; we have betrayed the ideals that we have so loudly proclaimed and instead of actively taking steps to correct these problems, we as a public re-elected the administration that approved and encouraged these betrayals of our character in a quest for cheap political expediency when we should have known better.

[Edited on Jan. 30, 2006 to put linebreaks in the proper place— Fester]

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