Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Prisoner Perspective
I get really tired of crap like this:
"On March 19, 2004, President Bush asked, 'Who would prefer that Saddam's torture chambers still be open?'" said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. "Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management: U.S. management."

Kennedy actually claims that US forces are as bad as Saddam. I'd like to remind this waste of carbon that Muslims are beheading people across the Middle East. And I haven't heard any apologies coming from Riyadh, Amman, Cairo, etc. Ace does a brilliant job of turning this on its head by publishing fake apologies from all the people who should be asking for forgiveness, but apparently don't fear us as much as they should.

Horrified by the "disgusting" images of a defenseless American prisoner having his head cut off on videotape, Arab and Muslim leaders throughout the world went on Al Jazeera to apologize for the "abhorrent" abuse.
Mmnesty International Vows a Vigorous Inquiry Into the Outrage; The International Red Cross Alleges, "We warned the world about the abuses of Muslim/Arab terrorists last winter"

There is another important comparison. In the first Gulf War, Americans were taken prisoner and tortured. How does this compare? Not only did they strip the prisoners naked, and threatened to shoot them, but they also engaged in extensive brutality, not just "humiliation."

His captors punched, kicked and spat on him. He was later transported to Basra in Iraq, where his left leg was broken with blows from a club. A lit cigarette was pressed against his forehead, nose and ears, then crushed out in an open wound on his neck. Berryman finally was moved to Baghdad, where beatings continued with rubber hoses, clubs and pistol barrels. He was held captive 37 days.
At his lowest point, Storr told a Daily News reporter last March, "I was thinking I wouldn't get out alive, and hoping they'd just kill me.... Three days in, my nose was broken, they dislocated my shoulder, busted my eardrum, I was vomiting, and I'm being kicked. ... I was screaming in agony, so miserable, in pain."

Who apologized then? Saddam? How about the Saudis and Kuwaitis, who we pulled out of the fire? Now, our government is talking about compensating Iraqis, many of whom are insurgents with American blood on their hands, and at the same time, THEY DO THIS:
"Former Gulf War POWs tortured by Iraqis were awarded compensation by a Federal court from Iraq's frozen assets, yet the Bush administration blocked the POWs from collecting."

Those Iraqis should not get one thin cent until our boys are taken care of.

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