Friday, July 08, 2005

Torture and Death

In Afghanistan U.S. forces continue searching for a missing U.S. Navy SEAL. According to Reuters, the Taliban claims to have captured him and said "their guerrillas were interrogating the man and would kill him within days."

It's not hard to imagine what "interrogating" means, assuming you know anything at all about the subject. Those who make so much noise about "torture" at Guantanamo don't have a clue.

I wonder if the poor, misunderstood Muslims of the Taliban are feeding him better food than he's ever enjoyed before? I wonder if they've dressed him in clean clothes and ensured that he isn't covered with lice? I wonder if he's receiving better medical care than he could have imagined before his capture? Are the techniques of his "interrogation" limited to depriving him of some sleep, playing rap music in his cell, and a few cultural insults? Have they provided him with a Bible, and are they careful to ensure that neither his Bible nor his religion are in any way desecrated or disparaged? And since they've reportedly already decided to kill him, will they resist the temptation to post a video on the internet or send a tape to Al Jazeera so that the world can witness his final agony?

No? Hmmm. I wonder if we'll hear about this from the Red Cross, Amnesty International, the ACLU, and ultra-liberals in Europe and the U.S.? I wonder if self-serving lawyers will start buying tickets to Afghanistan, hoping to represent him before adoring journalists and TV cameras? Has anyone checked with Senator Durbin or Senator Kennedy for a soundbite?

Don't hold your breath.


Blogger Junebugg said...

But we the Great Satan, haven't you heard? Any country supporting us in any way will be targeted, at least that what the new says. I'm getting awfully tired of the US being Mr. Nice Guy, but the alternative is worse. I can't imagine lowering ourselves down to the level of the al-'Qaeda.

12:43 PM, July 08, 2005  
Blogger Esther said...

Fantastic post, Tom. I'm sure the condemnations will come shortly, if they haven't already. You know this terrorist attack in London is all Bush's fault. If only we'd been nicer to those crazy kids in Gitmo. Putrid.

12:48 PM, July 08, 2005  
Anonymous Earl Bockenfeld said...

This is a good time to remind yourselves why torturing prisoners and detainees is such a bad idea. If you do it to them, then your prisoners are going to get the same treatments.

If the US treatment of prisoners in Gitmo and Iraq is any indication, then the US Seal could be beaten, water boarded, stomped and beaten or killed. Along with all the other treatments that the FBI agents observed at Gitmo or worse. And Durbin did the treasonous act of reading out of those FBI reports about US torture to the senate and remarking that it didn't seem very American to him. A typical case of "kill the messenger" instead of "fixing the message".

Many Americans take a lot of pride in the fact that as bad as we are, we're not quite as bad as Sadam, yet! And as the detentions continue in Iraq, and the rape rooms remain in use on women and young children, how long will it take?

12:33 AM, July 09, 2005  
Blogger Kevin said...

I can't tell if Earl is being serious or not. I can tell you that if you follow the Gitmo definition of torture, I was tortured every spring break and I even pay for that torture once a year. I would much rather be in Gitmo, than in the hands of "The Religion of Peace."

I suggest that anyone who has a problem with Gitmo, join the military and solve the problem. My solution would have been just to have killed the whole lot on the battlefield.

2:22 AM, July 09, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

Earl, thanks for your comment. I try to take my readers seriously when they leave comments, and I try to assume they have at least a basic understanding of the subject. I have to admit that it's hard to do that sometimes.

2:26 AM, July 09, 2005  
Blogger sygamel said...

If you do it to them, then your prisoners are going to get the same treatments.

And as the detentions continue in Iraq, and the rape rooms remain in use on women and young children, how long will it take?


6:41 AM, July 09, 2005  

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