Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Bush says Screw Geneva

I just received this link to Yahoo news from my friend via IM.

Good news: the heat is off from the global community over those pesky torture snapshots. Bush is above any and all formal and informal torture laws. In other words, he's giving the bird to the Geneva Conventions.

You have got to be kidding me.

The only semi-positive thing about this scenario is that Bush has, effectively, taken blame for it by saying, "Yeah you know what? I think it's okay. Nothing to see here folks, move along." If he had been a LEADER, national and international, he would have held the involved parties accountable for the kinds of anti-global community decisions they made.

In any other western nation, this would be enough to guarantee a loss in the Presidential elections. But here, Bush is still popular.

To condemn another country's leader for human rights abuses and then turn around and claim that you have the right to ignore basic human rights is to assure your slot in the Presidential Hall of Shame as the Most Hypocritical President in American History. What kind of "compassionate conservative" would allow this kind of heinous abuse to go on in OUR NAME? None.

Today we have seen the President's true colors. He's nothing of the goofy cartoon character we have made him out to be. No, he is, in fact, a hypocrite and a liar who takes our nation's great name in vain, and with that every name of every soldier who has ever fought and lived through or died in every war carried out in the name of the United States. And he knows exactly what he's doing. He has all along.

As a native citizen of this country, today I am both embarassed and ashamed. And although my apology doesn't mean much in terms of mending foreign relations at a head-of-state level, it's all I can do. I apologize to the entire world on behalf of the hypocritical and outrageous actions carried out in our name by the Bush Administration. Taking the nation's will in vain is the most un-American action imaginable.

To America: who can blame then, in the end, for associating us with the actions of our leaders? The democratic process is both a blessing and a burden -- with it comes responsibilities, like protesting when the popular vote is discounted by the interference of third parties. Vote. Speak up, listen, and think for yourselves. The truth is right in front of our faces, and it's not visible only to those in ivory towers. We must act. We must save OUR INDIVIDUAL global citizenships before we are cast out of the global community for guilt by association.

To the world: I'm sorry.

6 comments:

shawn said...

The Nixon of our times can't equal the Nixon of Nixon's time. At least that Nixon knew when to cut bait.

Nick said...

you don't remember this? In all hosesty, I too had forgotten about it too, but whatever.

End of the day, I'm all about torturing terrorists, I'm of the opinion that terrorists give up their rights as humans when they intentionally target civilians. Unfortunately today, its not legal by US or international law. And if the higher ups in the US military condoned knowledge of torture, they should swing for it.

That disclaimer being said, I haven't done alot of reading on this yet, I want to read the documents, I don't know if they're online yet. I'm garnering the impression however, that the case at abu grahb, and alleged reports coming out of afghanistan, are less of a "vast right wing conspiracy" and more of a case of farm town ignorant kids being put in power positions, and taking advantage of it.

Living in the town that I do, I hear and interact with alot of folk like the ones I'm referring to. (let me pause and say, yes, I know that not all of the military is like this, I'll go out on a limb however, and stretch with saying I think alot of the grunts fall into this category, but I could be wrong) anyway, living in the town that I do, I hear alot of folk from this.... "category" and alot of their thought is spawned from a flat out ignorance to other cultures and people, and their opinions are based forth hand from "news" which equates to a very unclear and.. not even partisan per se, but just uneducated view of things, which results in misplaced and unjustified hatred of "the enemy".

Imagine you don't know what cspan is, imagine you're 18, from blankville kentucky, and sent to some hot, muggy, uncomfortable desert. There, you are faced with the threat of people who plant bombs by the road trying to kill you, people who will try to shoot you given half the chance, and people who blow up cars and themselves for a living. Imagine along with those people, there are genuinely nice people who look and speak exactly like them. Imagine being bred for the purpose of killing the enemy and you have a guy who looks like the guy who cut the head off of the guy who was covering your rear, I don't think even the sanist of pacifists could keep themselves from beating the shit out of a person like that, given the circumstances.

Does it make it right? well, morally no, but in my opinion, morality has no place in politics. All that matters are facts.
"you. asshole. you shot at my squad member. you were actively supporting and fighting for an organization that is threatening the sanctity of the majority by killing fellow iraqis and preventing them from living in a free safe iraq. All I want to know is where we can find someone else in your organization. oh? don't want to talk?"

I see no problem putting people like that through alot of pain.

aGreatNotion said...

Imagine you don't know what cspan is, imagine you're 18, from blankville kentucky, and sent to some hot, muggy, uncomfortable desert. There, you are faced with the threat of people who plant bombs by the road trying to kill you, people who will try to shoot you given half the chance, and people who blow up cars and themselves for a living. Imagine along with those people, there are genuinely nice people who look and speak exactly like them. Imagine being bred for the purpose of killing the enemy and you have a guy who looks like the guy who cut the head off of the guy who was covering your rear, I don't think even the sanist of pacifists could keep themselves from beating the shit out of a person like that, given the circumstances.
I am from a farm town and before I had my fancy schmansy university education and my ticket to the top of the ivory tower, I knew that making men fuck each other in the ass was wrong, and I also understood that a good way to maintain positive relationships with the Arab world is NOT to make them eat meat and denounce their religion and look at naked women and fuck each other in the ass. Dude, that is some serious SPANISH INQUISITION SHIT. UNACCEPTABLE. NO EXCUSE.

If the United States wishes to denounce its title as a world super power and say fuck all to the United Nations, then hey, go ahead and torture everyone. But bow down from the Security Council immediately, as many have encouraged regarding China over the years. We've got prisons full of inmates here in the US to torture, why waste all the money doing it abroad when we can do it in Sing Sing?

I recognize the thin line between national security and civil rights. But I don't believe that the egregious violations of basic civil and human rights we've seen from Abu Ghraib come anywhere near that line.

Marbella Calling said...

well written ! a great pitty that there are too few of you around to really change the spirit of that great nation. even considering that your president should be in goal for all these crimes, like Sadam, he sadly represents just too many voters who either have no notion about the world at large, or believe in neo imperalism. Commentator Nick, I am afraid, got a message, which at first sight look convincing, that terrorism must be eliminated. But who defines terrorist ? Would not an attempt to have blown up Hitler or Stalin been cheered as a brave act ?
People might consider a person, like Mr Bush , responsable for more than 2000 civilian death in Iraq ( http://civilians.info/iraq/ )a bloody terrorist. Perhaps such an act would find support not only in the middle east.

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