Sunday, April 08, 2007

Hostage Repercussions

There is a great article posted up on Memeorandum concerning the British hostages and how the Iranians and especially Ahmadinejad looked so pleased with themselves.

Why shouldn't they look pleased, they once again out-maneuvered Britain and the U.S., and got one of their terror operatives released in Iraq. In the world's press they came out of this looking like reasonable people even though they kidnapped British troops, threatened them with criminal charges, used coercive interrogation techniques and got them to sign confessions of guilt.

The author of the linked piece wrote a great article until he got to the point where he said the Iranians were allowed to "utterly trash the Geneva conventions and suffer absolutely no consequences".

Up to this point his arguments are dead on, but to bring up the Geneva Convention is a little silly. The U.S. does not abide by it any longer and we should not expect anyone else to, either.

I was struck when I saw the pictures of the hostages sitting around and drinking tea and none of them were wearing black hoods and they all seemed to be dressed comfortably. These people had not been tortured, they may have been coerced, but not tortured.

If they had been Iranians in U.S. custody I'm not sure they would have gotten out of it without some permanent damage.

The fact that the U.S. is a nation that tortures it's prisoners is almost beyond my comprehension and it amazes me that the American people tolerate this and allow this president to remain in office.

Ahmadinejad has this perpetual grin on his face, and why not. He bests our president and the rest of the western powers on a regular basis.

Jim M
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Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Redstate? Ha! Can you say wingers? Those are some of the ones that still believe in the war in Iraq, and even had Tom Delay post something there. A little more than ironic that those that wanted to support the Bush/Cheney torture bill are now crying foul. The Geneva Convention now matters!

10:31:00 AM  
Blogger Jim Martin said...

It's still a pretty good piece until he gets to the last paragraph and then he falls into the right wing talking points.
They forget what they've allowed and even encouraged this country to become and the problem is that they are proud of it when they should be ashamed.

10:57:00 AM  

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