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Some Europeans Are Seeking To Arrest President Bush For War Crimes
Some Europeans Are Seeking to Arrest President George Bush For War Crimes
A few days ago, I read where President Bush, the younger, cancelled a trip to Europe out of fear of being arrested for ‘war’ crimes, supposedly that took place during his relentless and effective prosecution of the war on terror. I have often wondered what those who opposed so called ‘torture tactics’ on terrorists would do were their love-ones in harms way? What would they be willing to do – would they have the courage of their convictions and let their love-ones die? Those who oppose ‘torture’ always seem to speak in absolutes by saying that ‘torture’ doesn’t work – instead of them saying sometimes, it doesn’t work. When I was a soldier, I was assigned to the infantry… and, I am being honest in saying that torture would have worked on me to pry away secrets that I was privy to, especially, if members of my family were in danger.
I feel no pity for those who want to kill and maim innocents; and, if I need to know about pertinent information that would save lives, one way or the other, whomever I am interrogating will tell me what I need to know… even if it means subjecting he or she to water-boarding. If torture doesn’t work, why is it some of our operatives carry cyanide pills? Not everyone has the constitution of a Senator John McCain… who was a prisoner of war, and apparently, torture had no effect on him. But there are those who would give up secrets… that is why when an important operative is captured, we change our codes and amend the other aspects of the ‘cloak and dagger’ matrix.
As a boy, I watched in disbelief when Bernard Shaw, the CNN debate moderator, asked Presidential Candidate Michael Dukakis how he would feel if he had furloughed a prisoner… who then killed his wife; the would be president was unattached, like a podded plant, when he responded with the same dry intellectual answer to the query about harm coming to his wife. The Dukakis reminder above is what I am reminded of when I hear some Europeans and others who want to prosecute President Bush for torture or the like. Incidentally, no one has killed more innocents, via the drones, in Afghanistan, than President Obama… ironically, it is a policy left over by President Bush. Let’s supposed that years from now, when President Obama is out of office, do you think that anyone in Europe or elsewhere would dare to bring similar charges against our current President? What about putting then President Vladimir Putin on trial, who is reported to have sanctioned torture on Chechen Muslims and then having them buried encased in swine.
In ancient Rome, when she was a Hegemon, anyone who accosted or killed a Roman soldier... the village or enclave where the perpetrator was from would suffer exponentially for killing that one Roman soldier… much less a head of state like President Bush. I wish we had that posture like ancient Rome… so we can dare these Europeans to place President Bush under arrest. There are times, albeit against my better angels, when I wished that Hitler was still ‘goose stepping’ across Europe – but mark my prose, we will have to save Europe from the terrorists in the near future.