Decare War if we are at War!
(In response to the several letters of the previous article.)
If we are at war, Congress needs to actually decare war. The current method only hamstrings the military, prevents our ability to prosecute the mission goals, and puts our soldiers at further risk. Not actually declaring war cripples the military leaders from making decisions that ultimately lead to saving lives and a modicum of victory. As of today, Bush was quoted comparing the Iraq insurgency with the Tet offensive. Anyone with eyes to see would have made that connection TWO YEARS AGO!
If we do declare war then, guess what? Geneva Conventions apply to all those prisoners. Either way, the manner we are conducting this affair is dishonorable and will only incentivize further eruptions of discontent. It is a dangerous and cowardly way to prosecute our cause, and it is moreover a fascist style of doing so. We have no idea if those 14,000 people were terrorists before they were arrested or not. You can bet hard money that they will have every reason in the world to enlist in whatever terrorist militia du jour happens to be recruiting outside the prison walls when thy are released.
Torture and undignified treatment of prisoners is despicable. This behavior is not limited to the Gitmo an Iraq prisoners, but applied to our own citizens. A society is judged by how they treat the least among them. Our neo-con leaders claim a Chistian religious alignment, yet their actions contradict a basic teaching in the New Testament.
Matthew 25:45 "“Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Positively, I say to you*, to the degree that you* did not do [it] to one of these, the least, you* did not do [it] to Me.’take a dim view on this dark time in our nation's history."
With people living in poverty under bridges at home and our executive branch authorizing tactics that Goebbels would have been proud of, history will take a dim view on this dark time in our nation's history.
It has been said that my letter was fundamentally flawed on the assumption that we are a Democracy. However, I did not state that as such, and my quote of George Washington acknowledged our status as a Republic. It is then ironic that we are exporting democracy to other countries. And doing a fine job of it, paving the ways for Hezbollah and Hamas to take power. The meltdown in Iraq directly relates to our unqualified meddling in these political reform efforts, Afghanistan as well.
There are only two sides to the coin which allow our country to maintain its honor and integrity in the world trade community, all the while still remain within the laws prior to June, 2006. Option One- declare war and call these people POW's. Option Two - Steady as she goes but give these prisoners their habeus corpus rights.
What most people in their anger fail to acknowledge is that this law applies to EVERYONE. Anyone suspected of various sorts of activities, can be coerced via torture to give testimony that can then be used against them.
If that is the face of the new America, then it no longer stands for freedom and the pursuit of happiness. It stands for control, oppression, corruption and no true representation for the governed. In this light, we should fight our own government with every once of ardor that we once fought Japan and Germany.
There is no grey area here. Either observe the laws we create and apply them fairly, or throw it all into the dustbin and watch our society crumble.
Bill of Rights: Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
We had to abridge some of our rights temporarily during WWII while we fought the Nazis. We are at war now, and thus have to abridge rights temporarily again. The best way to get our rights back is to win this war against the Islamo-Facists. We need to fight them all-out with no holds barred. That means bringing the war to Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. We must subdue the Islamo-Facists if we want to have our Freedoms again. There is no Islamic country today that is truly Democratic, nor one with freedom of the press or freedom of religion. The Islamo-Facists have no desire to negotiate with us, the have stated there aims clearly: to take over the Western World by force and forcibly convert us to Islam and remove our Democracy and Freedoms.
While Islamo-Facists are just a small percentage of the Islamic world, I have not seen demonstrations against there barbarisms in any Islamic nation. It seems that for whatever reason the majority of the Islamic world is silent over atrocities such as burning down Churches, Buddhist and Hindu Temples and killing innocent civilians including women and children.
Just as we subdued the Nazis and Fascist Japanese in WWII and the evil Dictatorial Communists of the Soviet Union, we must subdue the Islamo-Facists or loose all our Freedoms and our Religion. Most of the Europeans have already given up, and the UN has demonstrated there incompetently over and over since the end of WWII. We need to fight the Islamo-Facists all-out whether or not we have help from the rest of the world and without consideration of what the rest of the world thinks about us. The alternative to this (the continued appeasement of Islamo-Facists) will only cause the end of our way of life.