July 20, 2009 Our Captured Soldier is Televised by the Taliban

July 21, 2009 at 4:58 am | Posted in politics, Uncategorized | Comments Off on July 20, 2009 Our Captured Soldier is Televised by the Taliban

I have so much to say about those who have been defending water boarding as not being torture and as acceptable practice in this so-called ‘War against Terrorism’  against people who are thought to be fighting to harm my country. And, yet, there is so little I can say today.  The video of the young soldier held in Taliban hands says it all.  Is he being mistreated?  If so, what moral high ground can we stand upon to call to the world for aid to retrieve our soldier? What can we say if he is mistreated?  Will our current administration continue to balk at pursuing the possible war crimes – such as torture – committed by the past administration that seem to be so amply documented? If not, how can we dare even squeak like a mouse if that young man is harmed in any way?

This is the pit we have dug for ourselves with words and political rhetoric. Military people like me have always known that the Geneva Convention is a real thing, with real consequences attached to it. The politicians have been playing chess with young people like him as pawns with no consideration for the real lives attached to their jabs at each other. Now, all that is left is to wait and see what the consequences of their recklessness with that once sacred pact between the fighting man and his government will be.

“Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”

Friedrich Nietzsche
German philosopher (1844 – 1900)


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