Friday, July 16, 2004

Abu Ghraib's Evil: Child Sodomy

Seymour Hersh warns that far worse than we have seen, or heard of, to date is coming... the sodomizing of children on tape in front of their mothers. Hersh is quoted as saying, "You haven't begun to see evil.... Horrible things done to children of women prisoners, as the cameras run."

See Notes, Commentary, Transcript and Video (Real Video) of Hersch's recent address at the University of Chicago.

Hersch also refers to maintaining over 20 secret detention facilities (PDF) around the world into which hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people have been disappeared.

Meanwhile, Newsweek is running a feature about the identity of those prisoners in the pictures from Abu Ghraib we have seen so far called "Beneath the Hoods. For instance, the person in the iconic photo of a man in a hood and sheet standing on a box with wires attached to his genitals is a common carjacker, not a terrorist, named Satar Jabar.

If there were any justice in the world, these sorts of revelations of what moral monsters our government harbors, including Bush himself, should have put a stake in the heart of this Administration already. But the ability for educated and otherwise reasonable and ethical people to turn their heads and wallow in fear and willful ignorance concerning these issues seems boundless. People are too afraid to speak about what they know and confront their friends and neighbors about the evil being done in their names.

At this point I've become convinced that there is something seriously wrong with the American people. We know too much not to have done anything about all of this. People should have risen in anger and thrown these scum out of office already, but we haven't. I can only conclude that for too many of us, our fears have become greater than our souls. As the Bushies feed our society's fear, alienation, and divisions with their campaign of cultural terrorism, I can't help but wonder if we are ever going to wise up enough that their techniques will no longer work on us.

Will we ever be free of this vicious assault on the very fabric of our society? I try to imagine waking up on November 3rd with Bush having secured the Presidency until 2008, and I can't do it. I simply can't face that possibility, or imagine how to reconcile myself to another 4 years of this madness.

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