Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear. – Bertrand Russell
George over at Warblogging has a great post up — with photos from Abu Ghraib, so be warned — that lays it out for all to see. The photos show what is called “a stress position,” not torture. Oh, no, heaven forfend. We don’t torture people.
Remember that General Karpinski, the former commander of Abu Ghraib, says that she was told by Major General Miller — her replacement as commander of Iraqi prisons — to treat the prisoners “like dogs” because “[they] are like dogs, and if you allow them to believe at any point that they are more than a dog then you?ve lost control of them.”
Tell me that these people are not war criminals. Go ahead. Tell me. Tell me that these people did not approve the use of excessive force in combat. Tell me that these people did not engage in the use of excessive force in combat. Tell me that these generals who consider the Iraqis “dogs” are “liberating” the Iraqi people. Tell me that a leadership that actively hides prisoners from the Red Cross, that approves the use of these stress positions, that approves the use of dogs in interrogations, tell me that these people are moral, that they are not criminal, that they are somehow fit to lead this nation.
They are not fit to lead this nation. They are fit only to spend the rest of their natural lives in prison. Not only for what they have done to Iraq, but for what they have done to America.
Anyone who even tries to claim that Abu Ghraib, etc, is okay, is unAmerican. I don’t give a shit — September 11th did not change everything. Everything this country was built on is on the precipice; the damage has been done, internationally, and it’s this election that will show them whether or not this was an aberration or not.
We must do everything in our power to depose this government. We cannot abide the lies and abuses heaped on both ourselves and on the world, and we must affect change.
This may end up being the single-most important Presidential election in US history. Don’t screw it up by letting the Shrub have another term.