Thursday, March 16, 2006

If mercy's in business, I wish it for you - Fire on the Mountain

Women are supposed to be the nuturing species. I have no idea how a young child transforms into a torturer. I recently saw photos at and couldn't believe this young woman appeared to be enjoying dehuminization. I can't help but wonder so many things. Are her parents proud? Will this "soldier" ever be same? Did she ever really change?
Please let it end. Let it end soon.

I honestly don't know if she's deserving of mercy.
It seems she got it in her February conviction.
She is a disgrace.
Post image courtesy of David Ho
Thanks to Tom for the link


Blogger jane said...

I wonder why they hate us so.

7:31 PM  
Blogger plusultra said...

That is one place I do not want to visit in Cuba. Thanks for the links Helen. If more people took hallucinagens I think we would realize how silly hate and war are.

10:12 PM  
Anonymous parated2k said...

From a old soldier's point of view... I don't understand it either, but I have seen the change in fellow soldiers and it's never fun.

There is no profession that demands the things we demand of soldiers. We are trained to kill, yet we are not murderers. We are more likely to be sent to humanitarian missions than to combat, but we have to prepare ourselves for both.

In the course of a single day, we could be found taking fire from snipers, shooting into a home, handing out food and water to families, or running power to a home that hasn't had it in years (if ever).

Through it all, we have to keep our sense of humanity intact. Sadly, there are those who forget that part. Sadly, there has to be investigations and prosecution of those who forget who they are and what there mission is supposed to be.

Obviously the difference between the "us" and the "them" in this war isn't that none of "us" would do such things. However, a huge difference is, we take the time to investigate and prosecute, while the "them" in this war on terror not only doesn't, but openly cheer the torturers on.

I do hope you keep that in mind when you are hurting over the inhumanity of all of this. You are a beautiful person and I hope you're willing to see that most of us in uniform are worthy of the love and admiration you have to give.

Thanks for another great entry Helen.


5:33 AM  
Blogger an old friend said...

hey helen -

...i hope all is well for you up there. did you get my email about the CDRs coming in the mail? ...i haven't heard from you, i was just wondering. more more war.


7:02 PM  
Anonymous gerard valz said...

Scary doings,draws the world sixty years back.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

"I wonder why they hate us so."

If I'm not mistaken, 9/11/01 predates the prisoner abuse scandal at Gitmo.

This behavior is unconscienable, reprehensible and there is no excuse for it. But there are deeper, more complex roots behind terrorism than American behavior abroad. And terrorism is NEVER an acceptable response to anything. PERIOD.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

"And terrorism is NEVER an acceptable response to anything. PERIOD."

And torture, my friend, is terrorism.
More Peace.........

2:56 PM  
Blogger Rowan said...

I just found your blog. I must say that I agree with everything I've read so far. Thank you so much.

8:18 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Parated2k left a good comment and he hit it on the head when he said:

"However, a huge difference is, we take the time to investigate and prosecute, while the "them" in this war on terror not only doesn't, but openly cheer the torturers on."

I won't argue the point that torture is terrorism, BUT, like anything else, there are many layers to that issue.

Some state that under no circumsatnces is torture acceptable. However, like anything else, we cabn engage in endless philosop=hical discussions about the acceptability, or not, of torture under certain circumstances, forex to gain information crucial to stopping an imminent terrorist attack in which scores of innocent people would be killed. While this is anathema to many, it can be argued that it has its place especially if one arguing against it has family in the line of fire.

Would any of us really sacrifice our newborn child, spouse, mother, father, sister, brother so that a reprehensible human being who would knowingly allow that attack to occur does not suffer?

I respect others' opinions on this, but for me, absolutes have no place in the real world in which we live.

I do not agree with how the prisoners were treated. But we did investigate, arrest and prosecute.

Certain acts that may be deemed "terror" have certainly occurred in war, on all sides. But I disagree that the US is the cause of the world's suffering and is the cause of terrorist attacks like 9/11.

Sorry to go on so, but I think this is a subject worthy of reasonable, intelligent, albeit impassioned, discussion.

Ever wishing you and yours peace.

9:57 AM  

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