Archive for September 15th, 2010

September 15, 2010

“They Hate Us for our Freedoms”

by Vince

Glenn Greenwald shows how sad American exceptionalism can be:

So, to recap:  the U.S. creates a worldwide regime of torture, disappearances and lawless imprisonment.  Then, the Bush administration, the Obama administration, and the American federal judiciary all collaborate to shield the guilty parties from all accountability (Look Forward, Not Backward!), and worse, to ensure that not a single victim can even access American courts to obtain a ruling as to the legality of what was done to them, let alone receive compensation for their suffering, even while recognizing that many of the victims were completely innocent and even though other countries have provided the victims with compensation for their much more minor role in what happened.  Our courts even ensure that Blackwater guards are shielded from prosecution for the cold-blooded murder of Iraqi citizens.

But we invade, occupy and destroy Iraq — while severely abusing, torturing and killing their citizens — and then demand, as a condition for our allowing the end of crippling sanctions, that they fork over hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation to American torture victims, even though it all happened 20 years ago, under an Iraqi regime that no longer even exists.  They hate us for our Freedoms.

To me, this puts a big black eye on the USA and lowers us down a few notches to an archaic nation of yore. We very well may have different reasons to act in this case when compared to Iraq. I guess it comes back to the Wikileaks comparison – don’t release information that could harm our troops.

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September 15, 2010

The Continuum of Anti-Muslim Behavior

by Vince

A conversation can be viewed here between two Muslim Americans. Very interesting.

September 15, 2010

Lyrical Spread

by Vince
September 15, 2010

A Short Question

by Vince

From a reader at the Daily Dish:

In a country founded by Washington, Adams, Paine, Hale, and Jefferson, how can we have reached a point where it has become a slur to call someone an “anti-colonialist”?

I wonder sometimes if these Christianist Tea baggers even know how their boy, Thomas Jefferson, saw Jesus, the Bible, and treated slaves. The irony builds..