September 22, 2006

Prisoners Are Treated Better Than Our Own Military!

When I was in the Army, grass drill—done in the sand of steamy Ft. Polk Louisiana in August, being put in the front leaning rest position, made to do push ups, made to “duck walk” with an M-16 held at arms length yelling “I’m a ******* idiot” and sleep deprivation were part and parcel of our physical/mental training. But by today’s standards of interpretation of Article III of the Geneva Conventions, none of these things could even be done to people who are murderous criminals. Some have said that even not allowing a prisoner to get 8 hours of sleep a night is cruel and unusual punishment. If only I could sue myself, my wife, my children, my relatives, my parishioners for violating the Geneva Conventions…

The fact is, Article III of the Geneva Conventions IS vague! Any reasonable person would be able to understand that, but when your goal in life is to discredit the President and our country any way you can, you grab onto anything, reasonable or not.

What is specifically in question by this administration is the language that prohibits conduct which, “outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment."

When you understand that a woman speaking with an Islamic detainee, handling the Koran without gloves, and shaking hands in the wrong way is an “outrage to their personal dignity,” asking for clarification of what is allowed is just plain sensible. Therein lies the problem. We have become a nation of imbeciles when it comes to having any semblance of reasonable disagreements and I believe it is intentional.

At a press conference with Press Secretary, Tony Snowe, a questioner disingenuously stated, “One can[not] ignore the fact that the Geneva prohibitions have lasted almost 60 years without others feeling a crying need to clarify or re-define them, perhaps because doing so…opens it up for everyone else, including some really bad guys, to come up with their own standards…”

My first response is that we live in different times when common sense is neither common nor sensible and a day and age when the worst of society have more rights than the law abiding. My second reply is that the “really bad guys” who gas children, blowup soccer fields and cut off the heads of journalists came up with their own standards of treatment long before we sought clarification, not because of it. Like I said—Imbeciles!

What this means is that to properly understand reporting of these issues you have to retune your vocabulary. When you hear a word like “Torture” used in the media, it can mean anything from making prisoners stand up, *to prohibiting them from praying (like you can prevent that anyway) to making them talk to a female interrogator—horrors of death!

With the events of recent days where many of the world’s most despicable, murderous leaders addressed the U.N. being granted such notoriety and respect, I fear we are not long for the world as we have known it.

*Current military action punished a Navy Chaplain for praying "In Jesus' Name!"
God bless America???


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