Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Former U.S. Detainee in Iraq Recalls Torment - New York Times

“While we were detained, we wrote a letter to the camp commandant stating that the same democratic ideals we are trying to instill in the fledgling democratic country of Iraq, from simple due process to the Magna Carta, we are absolutely, positively refusing to follow ourselves.”
That is one of my many complaints about the 'war on terror' and the 'war in Iraq'. The US has gone through a variety of justifications for the war in Iraq, (WMD's, Terror, Saddam, Democratic Dominoes, etc.) yet each has rung hollow. One of the most hollow has been their desire to implant democracy into the middle east. Perhaps if they were more 'democratic' about doing that they'd have more success. For more of the article...

[update-afterthought] It's unfortunate that a story like this doesn't see the light of day in the media. It seems today that they (the main stream media - MSM) are more concerned with whether a 20-year old girl from Kentucky who won some beauty padgeant was out drinking, than about simple things like human rights (of American citizens), and possible illegal weapons trading by American companies in Iraq. If you live in America, this is one of the reasons I pity you.


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