I do have one question on this whole torture/hostage/prisoner thing.
for story]When the "insurgents" hold American civilian employees hostage, show them on television all blindfolded and tied up, that's ok because hey, they're just mercanaries and they get what they deserve, anyhow.
But when we tie up some al-Sadr or Saddam henchmen and capture it on video, it's not ok because hey, even terrorist prisoners have human rights.
Oh, and when guy joins the Rangers and goes over to Afghanistan and dies in battle, that's ok, because he was just an idiot Arab killer who was duped into thinking Afghanistan had something to do with the war on terror.
And say there's this guy running for president, and he's spends 25 million dollars on a campaign to tell everyone he fought in Vietnam, therefore he's qualified to run the country, but gee, didn't he say Vietnam was a horrible war filled with atrocities perpetrated by our side and ummm...didn't he take part in some of those atrocities and then later on denounce the very war experience he is now basing his campaign on?
So, I'm not really about torturing prisoners, as that's kind of what we were over there to put a stop to, in some part. But I'm also not into double standards, as in insurgents can tar and feather our guys and hang their charred bodies from wires, and rebels in Afghanistan can shoot down our guys and terrorists can blindfold hostages and threaten them with death but that's ok, because...err...because why?
Oh yea, and people can come into our country and kill a few thousand of us but when we go on the hunt after them, we're like, the bad guys. Weird, eh?
You know, I'm not really into torture from any side of any given war, but I gotta admit, there are an awful lot of people who are going apeshit over these war crimes committed by U.S. soldiers and these same people have been eerily silent about even worse crimes and atrocities committed by the very guy these prisoners are fighting for, and come to think of it, they don't say much about all that torture and criminal activity going on in Iran either.
It's ok, I know you'll explain it in full detail. You know, all the ways in which I am wrong, mistaken, swayed by lies and hypnotized by Rumsfeld's kung-fu.
Update: Because I need to clarify this and repeat it, I shall quote myself:
bq. I abhor what was done to those Iraqi prisoners. But I also abhor what was done to the very same people under Saddam's regime. I abhor the fact that thousands of people have come out of the woodwork to denounce these actions and (rightfully) vilify the soldiers who committed them, but failed to make so much as a peep while Saddam was torturing, killing, maiming and raping. And I abhor those who are justifying the torture and abuse of the Iraq prisoners while lashing out against Saddam's bullies for the very same thing.