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June 22, 2004
More Minor Thoughts

Maybe it's just that Bush doesn't really understand democracy. Is it possible anyone could be as dumb as he seems?

Molly Ivins is talking about Clean Elections.

Looks like USofA soldiers may be about to lose their immunity from prosecution for war crimes during "peacekeeping" missions.

What needs to be prosecuted is murder.

I'm not impressed by how the military has "too many lines of supervision on any operation we do" for things like this to happen. Things like this do happen and they always have. That's kind of one of the main reasons so many of us oppose war, you know. The way it brutalizes everyone involved.

I mean, take a look at this:

It was not clear why the interrogation of Bawi took place in his house, rather than at an American base after his arrest.

Questions like that prove that there was a bit of a glitch in the old chain of command, don't they?

And we have all of those rumors of prisoner mistreatment in other, more secret 'detention facilities' and elsewhere to show us how much good the "supervision" is. I mean, unless someone would like to argue that these soldiers are, in fact supervised and are doing precisely what they've been told to do?

And then there are the other stories of mistreatment of Iraqi civilians that have floated up from time to time over the last year, I'm sure we remember those. Civilians beaten and murdered by what seem to be random groups of soldiers. Reminds me of the old days..stories that came out of Vietnam.

I'm just saying. I'm no expert, but it seems to me that the actual soldiers are being let down by those supposed to command them, and in a really big way.

They went in to fight a war. Most of the army they were supposed to fight collapsed as they approached. Their main human targets disappeared into the ground and have since been killed or captured. Now they're fighting a new enemy who may or may not be citizens of the country they invaded but who have no organized "army" and who offer no clear "line of battle."

It's a nightmare.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:05 PM