Sunday, June 26, 2005

Music to tired ears...

The article today in The Online International Edition of The Observer is music to tired ears of all anti-war activists around the world. It could not have come at a better time as when the World Tribunal on Iraq is in its final stages at Istanbul, Turkey.

Battered Bush watches as support ebbs away

With memories of his poll victory still fresh, the President already seems a lame duck. Backing for the Iraq war has collapsed and his domestic agenda is in disarray. Even his party is rebelling

Paul Harris
Sunday June 26, 2005
The Observer

As I listened to witness after witness relate the horrific situation on the ground in Iraq and the brutal behaviour of the crack US troops, such as the 82 Airborne Division in Fallujah, one wondered what some Americans have turned out to be - in some cases worse than even Hitler and his troops.

It is strange that Senator Durbin stated the obvious:
When you read some of the graphic descriptions of what has occurred here -- I almost hesitate to put them in the record, and yet they have to be added to this debate. Let me read to you what one FBI agent saw. And I quote from his report:

On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food or water. Most times they urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for 18-24 hours or more. On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold....On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.

If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime -- Pol Pot or others -- that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.

It is not too late. I hope we will learn from history. I hope we will change course.

and then "apologised" for something he had no need to apologise for.

Has pResident Bush apologised for anything, let alone admit a single mistake during his entire pResidency.

I wish the male US Democrat Senators would grow some hair of their chests!!


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