Yes, I've taken a deep breath and collected my thoughts, thank you for asking.
Seeing this video has put many things in perspective for me.
I am pissed at the soldiers who committed abuses because we don't do that. At least, we aren't supposed to. What they did was terrible because it derailed our war efforts.
But this. This is different. This is in-your-face terrorism. And you can bet your ass we won't get an apology for it.
I just had this ugly thought while I was sitting in my car waiting for my son to get out of school. The last two weeks have cemented whatever line there was between the left and the right. Abu Ghraib has become the definitive dividing point and the break is irreparable. I had my first political fight with my best friend this morning. We've been friends for fourteen years and have had differing politics since day one, but we've debated, talked, and discussed and never fought. Today, we fought. We raised our voices. We had an angry edge to our words. The bell rang and I watched the kids stream out of the school. Sorry, kids. We fucked the place up for you.
This makes me physically sick. I don't know how some people can sit back and say it doesn't matter. It does.
Am I part of it. Yes, of course I am. I'm not going to deny that. America is broken and we all had something to do with it.
When's the best time to kick a man? When he's down, of course. Watch your back, America. My post 9/11 wariness is back and it tells me that kick is coming. Yea, I've been wrong before. Doesn't make the fear any less real. It's just harder to take knowing what a tremendous part we all played in tearing this country apart, and that we will continue to do it because to not fight for what you think is right and against what you think is wrong is not in our nature.
Where do we go from here? I'm serious. Someone answer this for me. How the hell do we get ourselves back together again?
[By the way, Hannity.com
is showing the video. Not that anyone really wants to see it, but I understand the point he is making by having it available.]