Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Captain Fishback's Letter to Senator McCain
The Washington Post today publishes the complete text of a September 16th letter (below) from Captain Ian Fishback (see Scott's post) to Senator John McCain. Juxtaposing this letter and Tim Flanigan's responses to the Senate on torture and inhumane treatment (discussed here), an accompanying Post editorial opines that "it is an odious thing that the top two law enforcement officers of the United States [Gonzales and Flanigan] will both be people who resort to evasive legalisms in response to simple questions about uncivilized conduct."
This came to mind:
"Those who would sacrifice essential liberties for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
With that in mind and the notion that terrorists hate freedom, now that the police chief of the US capitol has adopted a policy to shoot uncooperative people in the head if they look too nervous or dress too warm for the weather, it would seem the the US is losing the 'war on terror'. I once knew someone who wore a snowmobile suit during summer months, when we was going to college. That person was not a terrorist, and never deserved to die. How quickly we have given up our ideals.
Perhaps democracy is a failed experiment that must wait for humanity to become either more peaceful or more courageous.
CPT Fishback is a noble officer and his comments reflect his training and attention to the ideals to which this country was founded. Unfortunately, CPT Fishback will directly and indirectly feel the rath of the "political process" within the military. No doubt Rumsfelt has already given the order to push this soldier from our ranks. I must stay that with all the other scandals that have yet to materialize a "smoking gun" within the DOD, CPT Fishback will be a sacrifical lamb to the ongoing mistruth of why we are in Iraq.
As to why soldiers do what they do..war makes people change in strange ways-it has happened with other wars and will continue to do so..
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