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PCR #216. (Vol. 5, No. 20) This edition is for the week of May 10--16.
WHO'S IN CHARGE HERE?
As for the case being built against young army private Lyndie England, it is obvious to me that she is being made the scapegoat. She has spoken to reporters and has said she was just doing what she was told. Do I believe her? Hell, yes! Are we going to believe that some stupid kid from West Virginia is running the prison in Iraq?
Let me relate something that I learned 25 years ago. And Matt will back me up on this as well. During basic training we had a young man who refused to bathe. No matter what we did, he would, at best, take a quick shower and dry off. I don't believe he ever used soap. After 3 days in the woods we hiked 20 miles back to our barracks. Sure enough, 5 minutes after we were dismissed, this guy was in bed. The guys around him were more then pissed because by then this guy just stank. Matt and I, being the outgoing guys we were, went to our senior instructor on behalf of the group and complained. After being informed of the situation, we were told the following: "Well, I can't tell you to do this but..........." after which he offered several pretty intense solutions. To make a long story short, six of us dragged his ass into the shower and proceeded to scrub him clean. After that, he was always the first one into the shower and he made sure everyone knew he was clean. It appears to me that the same situation has happened in Iraq.
While I don't condone what was done to these prisoners, I also don't blame these young soldiers being used as the face of this abuse. The pictures released show that these were not isolated incidents. For the people in charge to say they had no idea what was going in is an outright lie. And if they didn't, they have no reason being in command!
As for Nick Berg, the young man who was brutally killed by his Iraqi kidnappers, we are once again being lied to by our government. According to Berg's parents, Berg tried to leave Iraq but was detained by Iraqi and US personnel. The US personnel are denying this, saying it was the Iraqi government that held him. WHAT IRAQI GOVERNMENT?? Last I saw Saddam Hussein was in custody and the US was calling the shots. The FBI contacted Berg's family to verify his reasons for being in Iraq after his detainment. As far as I know, the FBI is part of the UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, not Iraq's. Once again, we as a country are being made to look foolish in the eyes of the world. Like Berg's family, I too hold President Bush and his minions responsible for this young man's murder.
I had so many bad thoughts about the future when Bush was elected but none of them can compare to what we are experiencing. I truly fear that we as a nation are going to continue to suffer the embarrassment and indignities we are now enduring for a long time. And I fear even more that before November there is going to be another terrorist attack on our shores, one that will dwarf what happened on 9/11. It's been almost three years since that horrible day, and we are no closer to finding bin Laden now than we were then. In fact, with the exception of news about the occasional taped message bin Laden supposedly releases, I never hear his name mentioned by anyone in the administration when discussing our "war on terrorism." Instead we have allowed our president to play on our emotions and start a war that wasn't necessary. We have fueled the war on terrorism, not stifled it. And I'm afraid the worse is yet to come.
EAT ALL YOU WANT.......THAT'S ENOUGH!
'TANK YOU BEDDY MUCH
MEET THE BEATLES - PART 16
Well, that's it for now. Have a great week. See ya!
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