Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The War On Torture...

From the New York Times...

Army Dog Handler Convicted of Abuse at Abu Ghraib Prison...

WASHINGTON, March 21 — An Army dog handler was found guilty Tuesday of tormenting detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq with his snarling Belgian shepherd for his own amusement.

The soldier, Sgt. Michael J. Smith, 24, was found guilty on 6 of 13 counts, including conspiring with another Army dog handler to frighten detainees into urinating and defecating on themselves. Sergeant Smith could face more than eight years in prison, forfeiture of pay and a dishonorable discharge. Had he been convicted of all counts, he would have been subject to more than 24 years in prison.

Okay. Good.

Evil is punished.

By all accounts, this dude was a bad apple. It is perfectly all right with me to put him under the jail, and feed him with a carrier rat from now on.

My problem with the whole Abu Ghraib issue is the way that it has been presented to the World through the Press.


If you have been following this story, you could firmly believe that the President frequently flew to Abu Ghraib to watch the show in person, and that the things that occurred at abu Ghraib were the worst things that have ever been inflicted upon human beings in the history of the world, and that President Bush ordered it all, in detail, for no reason at all.

He didn't. Stop inferring that he did.

Let's imagine a scenario. Totally hypothetical.

Let's say that Mahmad Mousaad Mohammed Accchh-Tui Splattus is the dictator of a Country called Trashcanistan.

He is a really tough customer.

He arrests his political adversaries, and lets dogs bark at them.

He makes them stand on milk crates, with hoods over their heads, and makes them believe that they might be electrically shocked.

He lets unattractive women smoke cigarettes around them, and point at their wee-wees.

He makes them crawl around in their underwear, and makes pictures and video tapes of them.

He turns the air conditioners in their cells down to 60 degrees.

Oh, the HORROR!!

Would all of you who are screaming about the atrocities committed in Abu Ghraib, and Club Git'mo favor overthrowing this despotic regime?

Would you be willing to sacrifice the lives of American Soldiers in order to stop these awful things from happening?

Would you?

Do you realize how ridiculous you look to thinking people when you call this stuff "torture" and try to use them as a reason to depose the President of the United States?

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