We Americans like to think of ourselves as civilized people.
Historically, we have supported our government in war under the belief
that our government and our soldiers are honorable and that we do not
engage in unjust wars. Ugly things like genocide, torture,
naked aggression, raping, pillaging, and scorched earth policies are
things that others do, not us. Since we are so good and
virginal in every sense, we reason that others hate us only because of
our goodness and purity. If they knew the truth about us, we
think, they would love us.
Yet, if this is so, why is it that we need to hide from the world the
activities of our soldiers and intelligence agents over seas?
Why cannot we, the “liberators” of Iraq, show the
world the lovely photos of our soldiers at work Abu Ghraib?
Why must the CIA consider destroying the records of American conduct in
the prisons at Guantanamo? We are so pure, clean, honorable,
and all, aren't we? What have we got to worry about?
Could it be that those baby faced soldiers we praise and pay tribute to
are not as honorable as we would like to believe? According
to the latest body keeping the Oval Office seat warm, release of photos
showing the activities of our soldiers, activities ordered by George
Bush and Dick Cheney, would make the world hate us more than they
already do and would, as a consequence, endanger the lives of our
soldiers. Just how
horrible are these images? We shall discuss that shortly, but
before we do, let us consider this claim itself by translating it into
- If the world knew what we
were really like, they would hate us more than that already do.
- If the world knew what our
soldiers do, they would rise up and kill our soldiers.
- Our government cares about
the lives of our soldiers, and so we cannot release the photos.
These are interesting assertions. The first assertion implies
that anyone who knows the truth about us, would hate us, not because of
who we are, but because of what we do. This contradicts
strongly Bush's assertion that “they hate us for our
The second assertion implies that our soldiers are monsters, on an
order equal to that of the worst soldiers history has known, for I know
of few cases in history where populations have risen up to fight only
because a nation's soldiers were monstrous brutes. In short,
this statement implies that the soldiers we are told to support
unconditionally are war criminals. Said differently,
supporting our troops is aiding and abetting war crimes.
On the third assertion, I ask you this. If the lives of our
soldiers are valued by our government, why are they fighting two
unnecessary wars? Why do we throw away their lives in defense
of a lie and then recoil when their lives are endangered by the
truth? Does anyone out there see the irony in that?
The next question to ask ourselves is what exactly did our soldiers do
in Abu Ghraib? According
to those in the know, our soldiers, on order of Bush and Cheney, raped
children in front of their captive mothers.
Their brutality was so monstrous that their mothers begged to be killed
rather than live with the memory of what was done. Add this
to the knowledge we already have of beating innocent captives to death,
raping female captives, and torturing captives. The next time
you see an American soldier, picture that in your mind –
picture that soldier raping a little boy in front of his mother in a
prison cell. That is what the world sees when the world sees
I can think of no offense that a soldier could commit worse than those
committed by our own. Future generations will watch movies
retelling the stories of our soldiers and those stories will be more
brutal than the Nazi era movies we grew up watching. Just as
you and I vividly see the image of Nazi madmen lining civilians up at a
wall and gunning them down, the next generations were see American
G.I.'s in uniform raping little boys and girls in front of the mothers
while mentally defective Americans stack naked bodies of men in piles
and pose before the mountains of flesh for personal pictures.
It is hard to see the Romans or Mongol hordes as worse than
us. We are at the pinnacle of human
Moreover, given that our analysis above shows that this government does
not care in the least about American soldiers, you can be sure that
there is one reason and one reason only that they do not wish the world
to see these images. The absolute truth is that they fear
their own prosecution. In a just world, Donald Rumsfeld,
Condoleeza Rice, John Yoo, Jay Bybee, Steven Bradbury, Alberto
Gonzales, John Ashcroft, Dick Cheney, and George Bush would be
summarily arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced for crimes against
humanity. However, this is not a just world. Our
President is the unjust Barrack Obama, a man who is more concerned
about his future plans as President of the United States than he is
about the rule of law, morality, ethics, or humanity. Mr.
Obama has become a accessory after the fact to the crime and a willing
participant in its cover up.
Mr. Obama has joined the ranks of war criminals.
Sadly we live in a country whose history is much like this current
scandal. Our self image is a deception based on denial, cover
ups, and delusion. We cannot progress unless we look
ourselves in the mirror, not for a quick glance, but for a long and
painful self inspection. They do not hate us because we are
good. They hate us because we are a selfish and evil people
consumed with our own comfort and drowning in the fetid smell of our
own decay. We are a depraved, unproductive, and brutal empire
on the brink of collapse. They hate us because they should
and if they knew the whole truth, they would hate us even more.