(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
Over four months into the new Democratic Presidential administration, the debate on torture has been front and center in the discussions of the previous Republican Presidential administration. We’ve seen the former VP and his daughter of all people, repeatedly go on national TV to defend and actually extoll the virtues of torture. Obama and his team have waffled and wheezed at every turn on what to do with the evidence and there is no sign as yet that his and AG Holders proclamations about “justice” will bear fruit to those of us outraged at torture in our names.
So why all the outrage about torture? The plain fact of the matter is that the U.S. has been involved in the torture game for decades. The evidence is very clear. From the Church hearings in the seventies, to the countless books on CIA operations, we can know that torture has been used, either by the U.S., or through intermediaries, under virtually every U.S. President.
So ya, we torture all right. We’re a world power in that too. But what about the killings? Why doesn’t the killing of our soldiers and innocent civilians create as much systemic outrage as torture? As much as we know about torture, we also know the Iraq “attack of another country” was illegal, based on lies. Even Cheney admitted as much recently although he didn’t admit the lies. Torture was simply one of those lies used to justify that “attack of another country”.
On May 4th, 130-140 innocent civilians were killed in a bombing by the U.S. in the Farah Province of Afghanistan. Women and children for criss sake. The U.S. is admitting the mistake while trying to cover it up. Jeremy Scahill is right in calling for accountability and justice for the victims:
Although this is probably the worst incident of direct U.S. involvement in the killing of innocent civilians since the invasion in 2001, we all know of many lesser numbered killings, such the “wedding parties”. In 1995, a federal building in Oklahoma City was bombed and 168 innocent civilians lost their lives. Our country went into shock. Nearly that many are killed by our U.S. military in another country and our country is numb.
President Obama has said “We don’t torture, anymore”. That’s another story. I wish he would come out and say, “We don’t kill innocent civilians, anymore”. Looks like its too late for that. May 4th was clearly on his watch.
Consider a defendant charged with the rape, torture and murder of a woman. Three different charges committed during the same crime event. The charges of rape and torture carry twenty year sentences. The charge of murder carries a life sentence. There’s a reason for that.
Everyone and his sister is crying out about torture in our names. We need to also cry out about these insane hegemonic adventures the U.S. is continuing under Obama, and the killing of innocent civilians. Until we can “change” the military industrial complex that is ruling this country, there will never be any real change, and the killing of innocent women and children will continue in your name.
Crossposted at Daily Kos