Like many in the world, like many in America, I'm following the prisoner abuse scandal with some diligence. But what I've come to realize is that the whole thing is bigger than just a group of over zelous part-time military police officers. The question has to do with how America is conducting itself in this "war on terror."
The answers are troubling. This article posted at MSNBC is interesting in that it details how the American government is interrogating prisoners. Now, I know that war is not pretty, but the stuff that's detailed here makes my skin crawl. The assertion by most government officials is that it's all legal, but does that make it right? We jump up and down and scream foul play when our citizens are kidnapped and held by force. And, yet, we do this on a daily basis. We hold people against their will, hold them in inhumane conditions, even kill them -- or so it seems from reports even by our own government. What do we expect from those who we fight? I expect them to do the same to us in return.
I'd like the President and his advisors to take a couple of days and read Chalmers Johnson's Blowback. I'm thinking it might make them think about what their policies are and how we execute our foreign policy.
These are troubling times we live in... and anyone who thinks that America is above the fray isn't paying attention.