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I don't think people can stomach the photos but tucking it away won't make a difference. I'd rather let it be in public domain and know that those behind it will be in jail for a damn long time, this will just drag out.
Democracy no longer exists. The reflection in the mirror remains but it's just a ghost. If things have gotten so complicated that they can't be understood, if we can't tell the difference between torture and interogation, if we can't understand the tax code, if we can't get an expert opinion that isn't put up right along side an expert with the opposite opinion, then democracy has simply starved. You think you have a political voice, but everytime you go to the poll you're forced to vote for the "lesser of two evils" as if there were such a thing. Bush tortures, Obama and Pelosi cover it up. What's a citizen to do?
But it's alot better imo to get everything in the open, punish those behind it without fail and allow those to vent their anger.
The Iraqis and Aghans have spoken about abuse and complained about mistreatment by American and British soldiers for a LONG time. This will make no difference, all it will do is enlighten the western world in what occurs behind closed doors with some of our soldiers.
If we can stomach war, we should be able to handle the consequences of it.
Last edited by Laila; 05-28-09 at 10:12 AM.
Case and point, I once served with a 1st Class Petty Officer (Navy) who was a trouble maker as a teen. He went before the judge who gave him a choice: 4 yrs jail or four years military. He chose to enlist and stayed for 22 yrs until he retired. Received numerous awards to include three Navy Commendation Medal, two Navy Achievement Medals and 4 Good Conduct Awards (one each for every four years faithful and honorable service). He just needed some direction in his life and happened to find it in the Navy. Doesn't always work out that way, but it's not like our local judicial system hasn't gone this route before. Lots of our combat vets from the Viet Nam era were plucked from the juvenile penal system and made an offer they couldn't refuse to serve their country - most did very well for themselves.
Mind you, I'm not an advocate for that form of recruitement, but if I were given that same choice - jail or military service be it in peace or war time - I'd likely take the military option, too. Roam free and get paid -vs- incarseration making license plates or big rocks into small ones...Hmmm...
I think I'd rather do a 2-4 yr stint serving Uncle Sam.
I gotta say if you just go to google.com and click on the image tab and type in "Iraqi prisoner abuse" you see some pretty nasty crap. Guys posing over a slashed prisoners throat with a big thumbs up. Guys covered in **** as punishment.
Then if you dig through enough links instead of the picture section eventually you come across a girl screaming as men in uniforms hold her down and shove something in her mouth.... Guys with objects being shoved in their butts... How the **** could our country be doing this? I think the fact that Obama wants to hide the pictures is going to anger and rouse more "terrorists" than the pictures themselves if they ever sneak out mainstream.
Is society was made of coral our world would be floral.