Thursday, June 08, 2006

Seriously, Were These People Born Without the Shame Gene?

"We also talked about [Abu Ghraib] -- the images of cruelty and humiliation. I told His Majesty as plainly as I could that the wrongdoers will be brought to justice, and that the actions of those folks in Iraq do not represent the values of the United States of America."

-- George W. Bush, appearing with King Abdullah of Jordan in the White House Rose Garden, 5/6/04

"This is just a reminder for troops either in Iraq or throughout our military that there are high standards expected of them, and that there are strong rules of engagement."

-- George W. Bush, speaking to reporters about post-Haditha "ethics training" for combat troops, 6/1/06

"WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has decided to omit from new detainee policies a key tenet of the Geneva Convention that explicitly bans 'humiliating and degrading treatment,' according to knowledgeable military officials, a step that would mark a further, potentially permanent, shift away from strict adherence to international human rights standards."

-- Los Angeles Times, 6/5/06

1 comment:

Paul Israelson said...

Michael, you're right about the shamelessness. Although I'm a big supporter of Bush, sometimes I wish he would stop talking out of both sides of his mouth. Whatever happend to straight talkin' Texans! Frankly, most of us Conservatives are pretty fed up with Bush, but not for the same reasons as Liberals, of course.

You probably already know this, but...

Regarding the treatment of the prisoners: Well, most of us folks on the Right really don't care how terrorist prisoners are treated.

When an enemy combatant intentionally targets innocent civilians and other innocent non-combatants, he becomes a terrorist and thereby forfeits his rights to be treated as a human.

Thus, the 'humiliating and degrading treatment' of these prisoners isn't a problem for us. Heck, I can't remember the last time we fought an enemy who adhered to international human rights standards...perhaps the War of 1812?

Yeah, we have yielded our moral high ground by denying such prisoners their "human" rights. Perhaps we're no better than they.

Whether it's George Bush's fault or not, we are engaged in a War. Given the choice between righteousness or survival, I'll take the latter.

History usually judges the Victors kindly and excuses their trespasses.

Of course, history is typically written BY the Victors, too...