Monday, May 10, 2004

AppologistsI guess in response to my earlier lament about the abuses at Abu Ghraib:
The world is outraged because some of our troops embarresed some Iraqi pisioners. These are the same people that kill American tourists and troops celebrating while they drag their bodies through the streets,the same ones who hate America so they feel good when they blow up our buildings and aircraft. The same people we send aid to and rebuild their country. I am not the least bit embarressed by the actions of Pfc. Lynndie England, try to remember while she was embarrsing a few of the captives their comrads are out looking for hostages and ambushing convoys, killing civilians while our troops die trying to help them. Give her your support,don't let the world constantly tell the US what we do wrong while they do whatever they want to our people.These people hate us and do not think any American has the right to live,they do not deserve our sympathy.
The writer of this email is exemplary of the people in this country who fail to see that what happened can not be excused. The people at Abu Gharib did not fly planes into the World Trade Center on 9/11. They did not bomb the Cole. They may have been resisting the American occupation of Iraq. They may have planted car bombs in Iraq. I do not condone what they may have done to land in Abu Gharib. No one wants to see American soldiers suffering over there. They are doing their job and they deserve our support. However, the guards at Abu Gharib crossed a line. They ceased being moral soldiers in a war and became inhuman monsters. They abused their power to remove the dignity of these prisoners all in the name of extracting information from them. Pfc. Lynndie England, and the other alleged perpetrators of these crimes, don't deserve anyone's support. They must be brought before a military court and have her case heard. If they are found guilty they should be punished to the full extent of military law. I imagine there are many people in this country, like the author of the email, who don't have a clue about the impact of these events. They have no idea the damage this has caused or the shame we should all feel. America is not a country of monsters. We are not barbarians. We aim to live by high ideals and when any group within our nation fails to live up to those ideals we all suffer. The world suffers.