Smile, You're on Candid Cadaver!
I checked out Tom Tomorrow's post from yesterday and about gagged on my coffee...
"For almost a year, American soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan have been taking photographs of dead bodies, many of them horribly mutilated or blown to pieces, and sending them to Web site administrator Chris Wilson. In return for letting him post these images, Wilson gives the soldiers free access to his site. American soldiers have been using the pictures of disfigured Iraqi corpses as currency to buy pornography."
After following the link to the website in question, I started worrying I'd lose my job for using the office computer to find out if something so incredibly outrageous could possibly be true.
It was, and though I'm worried about my job, I'm more worried about my nation. I strongly advise going to Tom Tomorrow's website and and reading his whole post, but caution you against checking out Wilson's gallery of donated snuff images until you are at your home computer and nobody can fire you for accessing a porn site or for screaming non-work related obscenities in your cubicle.
Seriously, America, do you support even these troops?
Think about it...We can't even photograph the flag draped caskets of our own soldiers out of respect to them as war dead, but anything goes with the godless arabs we are killing to shove our brand of freedom down their throats. This is the way we win hearts and minds and reduce the risk of terrorist attacks?
Is this why we suspended the Geneva Convention's application to the War on Terror? Is this the best way to protect our troops from reprisals? Is this how we prove to Islamic fundamentalists that their accusations of the dangerous depravity of Western nations is a lie?
Think about how pissed off some parents were that Cindy Sheehan used the name of their dead son who was killed in Iraq as part of her protest against the war. How would they feel if somebody used a picture of their blown apart, disfigured, or tortured son to buy internet porn?
I'm a pacifist and a Christian of the Romans 12:9-21 school...and if somebody sold a picture of my son's tortured and mutilated body so they could jerk off to pictures of porn star wannabes...I think I'd be driven to what can only be called a murderous rage and consider a very violent form of revenge for this clear and unmitigated evil. Hell, just knowing that Chris Wilson is making a profit off of his mingling of death and sex is enough to foster some pretty grisly thoughts even without seeing the donated images he's peddling for cash. People like Chris Wilson make it very hard to adhere to the principles of faith that guide my life and my politics.
And if that is how I'd feel, or more importantly, that is how you'd feel, how do you think an Iraqi feels? Because for them, it ain't hypothetical. It is real, and it is happening right now. Has been happening for more than a year.
I seriously doubt it makes them feel like throwing down their weapons, surrendering, and telling all their friends how much they support the US effort to bring them freedom and democracy.
In the face of these actions by some of our troops, in the face of the prisoner abuses at Abu Grhaib and Guantanamo, how can you honestly call Cindy Sheehan a traitor? Who is hurting our country more?
Maybe Rush is right after all, because if this is America, then yeah, I do hate it. I hate it with all my heart.
Why don't you?