Torture – Why Are You Surprised?
(crossposted to my dairy over at DailyKos, which has some… interesting reactions.)
The political blogs are all over this whole torture thing and shrub’s hissy fit in the Rose Garden. I am watching the debate from way, way back because I don’t see any good outcome from this. Sometimes even I need a break from being angry.
However, there’s an element to this topic that I find surprising. I shouldn’t, I’m sure, but I do. You see, some people are completely shocked and outdone that Bush and some Republicans would be involved in torture or condone torture or try to make weasely laws that allow torture to happen in American-run prisons or properties. People are seriously surprised. They ask, how can this even be a conversation? How can Bush even say that protecting human dignity is a vague concept? How?
May I remind you people that this is America. This is the country that brought us Amadou Diallo’s murder at the hands of cops who were set free. This is the country that brought us Abner Louima’s brutal rape and torture at the hands of, again, cops, all of whom aren’t rotting in jail right now. This is the country that brought us Rodney King, black men being dragged behind trucks until dead, black church bombings, and cops allowed, over the course of decades, to torture black ‘suspects’.
Not to mention the historical legacy of lynching in the South, which had the air of public carnivals. Many of the people currently in power are old enough to have been present at that kind of event, and it wouldn’t surprise me if some of them were. And we wonder why we have to debate the definition of human dignity with them?
This isn’t just about black people or just about cops or even just about white supremacist pigs. It’s about the fact that people are blind to the torture that goes on in this country and act shocked, surprised, and outraged when they discover that we’re perpetrating it elsewhere. To me, that’s not some big surprise. To me, that’s just business as usual for the American government.
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