Monday, May 23, 2005

Bush lied - why are Americans still dying?

Right-wing critics of Newsweek, mindless defenders of the Bush administration, are now defending the tactics used by radical Islamists who incite violence. Once upon a time, radical Islamists were criticized for using anything to foment hatred of America, and to inspire murder. Now, the right wingnuts are smokin' from the same pipe, becoming apologists for that hatred and murder, blaming the media for the President Bush's own guilt in the indiscriminate policy of extrajudicial rendering, torture, and bombing of Muslims.

Of course, it's a shame that any more need be said about President Bush's campaign of lies perpetrated on American citizens, which (as of this writing) have caused the unnecessary deaths of 1636 American soldiers, 12,350 injured Americans, and the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis.

Furthermore, not that I need to bring any more light to the abuse of prisoners around the world in American custody, but there is again further vindication of the veracity of reports of a systematic, widespread policy of torture by the Bush administration. There can no longer be any coverup of Bush's complicity by blaming a few "bad apples" at the bottom of the chain of command.

The latest accounts of prisoner abuse reported in the press, verified in the Army's own 2000-page report of abuse in Bagram, Afghanistan, document the deaths of 2 innocent Afghanis chained to the ceiling of their cells.

[Mr. Dilawar's] legs, which had been pummeled by guards for several days, could no longer bend. An interrogator told Mr. Dilawar that he could see a doctor after they finished with him. When he was finally sent back to his cell, though, the guards were instructed only to chain the prisoner back to the ceiling.

"Leave him up," one of the guards quoted Specialist Claus as saying.

Several hours passed before an emergency room doctor finally saw Mr. Dilawar. By then he was dead, his body beginning to stiffen. It would be many months before Army investigators learned a final horrific detail: Most of the interrogators had believed Mr. Dilawar was an innocent man who simply drove his taxi past the American base at the wrong time.

This is the height of hypocrisy, but nothing surprises me anymore from the lunatics who continue to support the Bush administration's treasonous, impeachable deception of American citizens.


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