Wednesday, November 17, 2004
On a side note....
For all those who don't know, I am living in my own apartment now with Tara. I'll try and upload some pictures soon, and post them up here. I just gotta find some time when I'm not too busy working, or watching TV or playing video games or something.
Wounded Iraqi Killed
Okay, its been freakin forever since I last updated, but this recent prisoner killing me has gotten me pretty fired up. And not because he shot the guy. It's because he's automatically out there "killing innocent, unarmed, wounded prisoners." That's right. I'm not saying it's okay to kill innocent, unarmed prisoners, not in the least. However, I think we really need to figure out what really happened there, and not leap to conclusions.
Now bear with me, this is gonna hop all over the place
What we know:
1. Soliders entered a mosque containing wounded Iraqis from the previous day's battle.
2. The soldiers didn't know that the Iraqis were prisoners from the previous day until after they had shot the one prisoner (they were sent to clear the building)
3. The soldier who shot the Iraqi had been shot in the face the day before and was already back on duty
4. The soldier's company had lost a soldier to a boobytrapped body the day before
5. The soldiers have all been in more or less combat for 8 straight days now, with little or no rest.
6. The man was alive when he was shot.
7. Another injured prisoner was alive and injured, yet was not killed, or in any way mistreated by the soldiers, despite being "found" by the soldiers seconds after the shooting.
Now...from all that, here's what I see (I know its not the only possible scenario, but I'm pleading a case against the mindless killing of unarmed prisoners):
- The soldiers were all on edge from the constant fighting, especially this company, due to the loss of a fellow soldier the day before from a very similar situation.
- This particular soldier had been shot in the face the day before, so I'd imagine he is a bit more edgy
- The prisoner was at first presumed dead, but then one soldier noticed he was faking it.
Here's where the self defense plea comes in. Now...why would the soldier be faking dead? To escape the Americans? None of the other injured were faking death, and they weren't being mistreated. Was it maybe because he was planning something? Perhaps a final suicide attack, be it by grenade, bomb, gun, knife, or poking him in the eyes? By my judgement, and by listening to the frantic and emphatic way he's shouting "He's Fucking Faking It!", I assume the soldier was more than a bit concerned.
Just like in Vietnam, you can never be too certain as to who is the enemy, and who is a legitimate prisoner. All along the road to Baghdad, Iraqis would surrender, only to open fire upon the approaching Americans. Since then, dead bodies have been rigged with explosives, and insurgents have feigned death to draw troops close before opening fire. In the civilian world, if a man flees the cops, then jumps out of his car, and pulls out something, and aims it at the cops as if its a gun, would you not argue that the policeman is in the right to shoot the man? At that present moment, the fugitive is a danger to the policeman, as far as he knows. If you heard that some guy is running around, doing the Mexican hat dance, then punching people in the face, and then, your friend sees a guy doing the Mexican hat dance, then gets punched in the face, what would you do when a guy does the Mexican hat dance in front of you? You better damned well assume he's about to punch you in the face. You can stand there like an ass and get punched in the face if you want. Or, you can do something about it. Punch HIM in the face. Get the fuck out of there. Counter with some nasty Polka moves, followed by some Sweet Chin Music. Doesn't matter. But you'd be a damned fool to not think you are about to be punched in the face.
Anyways, thats a huge messy rant, but I hope this guy gets a fair chance in all this. Assuming I'm right, I'm pulling for him. If I'm wrong, and all those saying he purposely shot a wounded, unarmed, nonthreating prisoner, he deserves whatever hell he gets. But I just hope he gets a fair shake is all.
Monday, September 13, 2004
THE LONG AWAITED UPDATE!
...Is not going to happen. I've been busy and haven't had a chance to really talk about anything coherently on here, so I haven't been talking at all. Anyways, I should be getting an apartment in about 2 weeks, so hopefully I can finally start bloggin atcha consistently then. So until then, no opinions, only pitiful life stories.
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
The Death of the Master Debaters...
I was watching FoxNews the other day, when it really struck me. Debate is dead. People can't debate anymore, all they do is yell and piss and moan. And why? Because people care about politics now.
Now, you might think that would ENCOURAGE debate, which it does. However, people, as interested as they may be, are too damned lazy to really get educated.
The majority of the people these days (and to make a generalization, it's usually the louder liberals) all want to be heard, and all have strong opinions. It's just not their opinion...it's Michael Moore's or Al Gore's or MTV's.
With all this hatred towards Bush, people everywhere want to have a say, and will say anything they can to be heard. People accuse Bush of planning 9/11 after plotting with the Saudi royal family and Bin Laden, all because they heard Leno crack a joke on his show. Now, Leno can be a funny man, but he's not really the premiere source of information in this country.
No one really cares to see the other point of view anymore. Liberals just spout about how evil Bush is, and how he was wrong to attack Iraq, and how they should leave Saddam alone, but don't care to listen to how he, at the very least, had WMD and has used them in the past, and how massacred thousands of his own people.
Maybe all this Bush hatred and Liberal hatred (NOTE:Hatred, not dislike) could be solved if both sides could just sit down and actually research what they're talking about, and could engage in legitimate debate, rather than just name calling and mud slinging.
Friday, July 09, 2004
::Insert Witty Pre-War Intelligence Title Here::
Just finished watching the Senate Intelligence Committee's press conference by Senators Rockafeller(D) and Roberts(R).
Basically, they concluded that the faulty prewar intelligence was SOLELY the fault of the CIA, with no outside pressure, and that everyone was guilty of using prior knowledge (i.e. that Saddam had previously used WMD and logically still had some) towards whatever ends they saw fit.
Whether or not Saddam had WMD is still up in the air, but it's now fairly certain that at least a couple of the reports (e.g. UAV and Aluminum tubing) were false.
Lastly, it was agreed that Saddam was massacring the Kurds and his own people. Roberts even likened it to such horrors as Rwanda, Bosnia, and even Nazi Germany.
However, despite all this, Rockafeller insisted on blaming Bush for purposely spreading these lies, despite the fact that he just finished saying that even Bush was given bad information. Roberts quickly stood up and pointed this out, thankfully, but this just goes to show the anti-Bush sentiment among many people. They will believe or say anything to get Bush out of office. It's gone beyond being politically opposed and straight to just hating the man. It's just completely rediculous.
Thursday, July 08, 2004
Quick Word on Bush
Okay...maybe not so quick and moreso on Libs/Dems than Bush.
Currently, Bush's approval rating stands at 49%.
Democrats (politicians and everday Joes and Janes alike) are screaming left and right about how bad Bush was with the war, how bad he was with 9/11 and the likes.
In the weeks after 9/11, Bush had an approval rating of 81% .
Immediately Before Iraq = 60%.
During Iraq = 71%
Now, if Bush was really so "Lone Wolf" with the war, why was 70% of the nation behind him? And if he handled 9/11 so poorly, why was 80% of the nation on his side? How quickly we can forget when it suits our need.
Speaking of which, I do believe I'll end with some quotes to prove just how deep GW's deception runs...so deep, in fact, that he tricked the previous President and his advisors into believing his wicked lies.
**Note: This is kinda long, so feel free to just visit the link @ the bottom of the page and peruse at your liesure**
"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."
"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process." - Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998
"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983." - Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb. 18, 1998
"Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies." - Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999
And a few more from after GW took office.
"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country." - Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002
"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction." - Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002
"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..." - Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002
"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction." - Sen. Jay Rockefeller (CFR, D, WV), Oct. 10, 2002
"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." - Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct. 10, 2002 |
And lastly, Big K himself:
"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real..." - Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003
All quotes from http://www.activeopposition.com/wmd-dems.htm
All Approval Ratings from http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,100643,00.html
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
More Proof of Why We're the Evil Ones
So yeah. We see once again why we're the bad guys in all this, and the Iraqis are the oppressed. A couple of idiots fuck up and take a few frat pictures of naked Iraqis, and they behead a prisoner. People are outraged at this abuse. Not the beheading, that was justified , but at the nude pictures that brought this beheading about. People, get your heads out of your asses...the abuse was wrong, but these beheadings are in NO way justified. I'm already hearing people blame Rumsfeld for this guy being decapitated. How fucking ignorant can you get?
Friday, May 07, 2004
A little old, but one of those "20 million loud" commercials reminded me.
In 2000, 18 million 18-24 year olds cast their vote for the President of the United States...votes that would decide the future of our country over the next four years.
A month or two ago, 18 million people voted for the first round of finalists in American Idol...votes that would decide the fate of some mildly talented individuals, and possibly earn one of them a few million dollars and a year or two of fame, before they fade into obscurity.
The other night, an estimated 51.1 million people watched the season finale of a relatively humorous tv show, but not by any stretch of imagination the best.
Good to know that people care more that Ross winds up with Rachel(cuz hey, who could've seen that coming?) and who is going to make some crappy pop CD than who is going to lead our nation for the next four years.
Thursday, May 06, 2004
Honestly...why does Puma think I give a rat's ass that it sponsors the Jamaican olympic team. Last I checked, this was America, not some little island full of weed smoking hippies.
Wednesday, May 05, 2004
Alright...trying to work out a few kinks in this and make it a little bit more readable...working on the comment system, and I'll try and get the sections a bit easier to differentiate.
Iraqi Prisoner Abuse
Surveys in 4 Midwestern state prisons show that 1 in every 5 males and more than 1 in every 4 women has been a victim of sexual assault or rape. The American public doesn't particularly care too much, they just dismiss it, because, hey...they're prisoners...they deserve what they get for being in prison. We just watch our HBO and get a good laugh out of it. Now, a quick change of scenery. You're in college now. If you're a girl, you have a 25% chance of being raped or sexually assaulted during your stay. Every 21 hours, someone else will be raped. If you are a male, and are "lucky" enough to get into a frat, there is a good chance you will experience some sort of hazing, be it public humiliation through drunkeness, nudity, or otherwise, or perhaps private humiliation, including sodomy, forced sex acts, and compromising pictures. However, the average person doesn't care, because "Hey...that's how it's always been, it's just tradition." Now we are in Iraq. Prisoners being held in detainee camps, and mind you, being held for a reason...these people aren't the innocent (albeit generally stupid) college frat boys, or the innocent and unfortunate women being raped on college campuses. And lo and behold! An atrocity has shaken the foundations of the American people. Human rights groups everywhere are in an outrage, and people everywhere are disgusted and perturbed by the horrifying acts performed by our soldiers overseas.
NAKED PICTURES OF IRAQIS! EGADS MAN!
IF HE GETS OFF A BOX, HE'LL GET ELECTROCUTED!!! OH NO!
ONE GUY GOT HIT IN THE NUTS!!!! WHAT'S NEXT???
Seriously people...get off your high fucking horses and stop trying to ram it to Bush every chance you get. I'm not saying that it's okay to do these things, because it definately isn't. However, I've seen plenty of outspoken individuals claiming it was a direct order for these soldiers to humiliate and "torture" these "innocent" Iraqis for the sake of obtaining more information. What an atrocity on behalf of our soldiers. We really ought to stick to the good, solid morals of the Iraqis, and merely shoot our prisoners two or three times and beat them for a good solid hour, before sodomizing and raping their tattered body, and then shatter their legs, before heroically handing them off to doctors who, like the heroes they are, barely manage to keep them alive despite the horrible wounds their people unnecessarily caused to the American.
People are more upset about SIX people taking a few pictures of naked Iraqi prisoners than they were about PFC Lynch being battered like a rag doll, and more than they were about Journalist Pearl being executed. You people need to stop caring so much about dethroning Bush and get your fucking priorities straight in life. Put this shit in perspective and get on with your lives.