Wednesday, March 6, 2013

"...I See Blood Everywhere."

"We were in a room in the library... and I'm looking around I see blood everywhere."
-photographer, Gilles Peress

I'm not naive enough to think that the US never tortured until the Iraq/Afghanistan debacles. But at the very least, it was against our official policy- a policy that actually served to prevent or curtail torture at least on (more than one) occasion, and served (again- at the very least) as the ideal that we supposedly tried to honor and perhaps someday achieve. Then tough guy types like four time deferment Cheney decided to take the gloves off and pacify his inherent blood lust by making "enhanced interrogation" (the same nomenclature used by the Nazis to refer to torture) legal.

There's uhhh... something about torture which just sickens and incites me to no end. It's the lowest of the absolute low in human interaction- a humane way of putting it. At least we were headed in the right direction pre 9/11- if only in theory. Post 9/11 we learned to embrace, promote and revel in it- the biggest bullies on the world block. Presently, we say we don't (nod nod, wink wink), while we still ship 'em out for others to do the dirty work and still hold "the right" to do it ourselves-  whenever the "proper" occasion(s) somehow arise.

It's a shame on this current administration- an even greater shame we all share in and choose to ignore- long as it's somebody else...

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