I am tired of hearing all this talk about Bush-era war crimes and injustices. I just got another article from my leftist brother about a man that was held for 7.5 years in Gitmo before being released. Apparently the man was innocent. I believe it, war is horrible thing any many injustices occur. The Iraq war has shed light on many difficult injustices to comprehend such as the torture of 3 detainees, soldiers killed by friendly fire such as NFL star Pat Tillman, the killing of innocent civilians such as those by Blackwater workers, and of course the mistreatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. War is horrible and many injustices do indeed occur and happen. I do not contest that many injustices have occurred in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as at Gitmo. However, we must be reasonably as a people before we are ready to judge Bush-era employees for their roles in so called “war crimes”. Consider the following points before passing judgment on these so called “war criminals”:
1. I do not think anyone should judge a soldier in the field without having been there and done that. Injustices in any war should be determined along with any consequences by the military peers and superiors of those that have committed any infractions.
2. Even in this day and age of communication, the Bush-era so called “war crimes” are fairly tame when compared to the atrocities committed by other administrations. Consider FDR imprisoning over 100 thousand Japanese-Americans into war camps. Truman dropped the A-Bomb on Nagasaki and Hiroshima killing thousands of innocent Japanese civilians. Also, under Truman’s watch tens of thousands of German civilians were brutally pillaged after the war was over. So why has history judged both FDR and Truman in a good light if so many atrocities occurred on their watch? The reason is simple, their actions may have been perceived as severe, but in the end it was determined they were necessary to protect our freedom and save American lives. This should sound familiar because this is exactly what Bush-era folks accomplished when they tortured a few detainees.
3. The Geneva Convention places rules and regulations on how to treat enemy prisoners. However, the Geneva Convention was written many years ago and how we fight wars has changed drastically. Thus, the Geneva Convention covers uniformed prisoners; it does not cover prisoners who fight Americans by blending in with the public.
4. Today, Obama is giving military detainees all the same rights and privileges that any American citizen would receive including Miranda Rights. This sounds like the right thing to do, but look back on history, when have “war criminals” been given these rights. After WWII did we give the war criminals that masterminded the Holocaust Miranda Rights and a trial on U.S. soil with the best lawyers? Absolutely not, they were tried in a military tribunal and most received the death penalty for their crimes. So it begs to reason, why are suspected terrorists that slaughtered Americans in Embassy bombings or in the Trade Center buildings being given the same rights as you and me? What Bush did was no different than any previous President. Could you imagine the outrage around the globe if we gave Holocaust war criminals the same rights as you and me? I find it peculiar the world views Bush as a war criminal when they did the same exact thing to protect their civilians after WWII. Now, after Americans are slaughtered on 9/11, the world and liberals are viewing us as performing injustices to protect our citizens. Also, remember, American soldiers that commit a crime are not tried in public courts and they are not given the same rights as you and me. They are tried by a military counsel. Thus, enemy combatants and terrorist now have more rights than American servicemen.
5. Now, relive the events on 9-11. Remember that day? I always remember the image of individuals trapped in the flames deciding whether to burn or jump to their deaths. When I hear about injustices that happen in Iran and Afghanistan and all this talk about war crimes, I remember this image of Americans plunging 1000 vertical feet to their deaths. Now, how can anyone feel bad that three individuals with ties to Al-Qaida and the atrocities of 9/11 were tortured? I hardly think justice has been served since these men still live.
6. Obama closed Gitmo because the world viewed this as a symbol of U.S. injustices. In actuality, Gitmo, is nicer than most U.S. prisons and only 3 detainees were tortured. Now we are paying countries to take our detainees because their native countries will not take them. This is the injustice, not Gitmo. Remember, one in seven detainees released by Gitmo have gone back to fight Americans.
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