Because freedom can't protect itself
I must say I really am utterly confused by these "rules" that seem to have been made up out of thin air, and I say that as a person who's relatively acquainted with "military law," which always seemed arbitrary to me but who am I to question why. Hint: I wasn't allowed to ask; they really frown on such a thing. You follow orders and never ask why, especially when you're a private or corporal, but matters don't improve all that much when you rank at E-5.
For the record, there was never ANYthing capricious about what an "enemy combatant" was when I was in the war. It was always a soldier, or a soldier dressed in civilian clothes, but that could be proven to be connected to the NVA, the "enemy combatant" army.
But of course I once got a severe reprimand because I didn't kill these 2 people that my superior thought I should have neutralized (I believe that's what they call the ugly deed these days.) At any rate I DIDN'T dispatch of them because as I told the superior when he asked why: "Because it wasn't absolutely necessary to have anybody killed at that point." It certainly didn't sit well with him and I received a demerit.
Unfortunately, this business with Iraq, Afghanistan and terrorism confuses me. I keep hearing about things being done that don't just violate conventions but almost literally break them into thousands of pieces.
Don't get me wrong. I completely dislike what the people who did the September 11 attacks did, there's nothing else I could say but that it repulsed and sickened me. But the people high up in the Bush Administration seem to have enjoyed the torture a little too much and have had no return to a state of sanity after the fact, if you know what I mean.
Sometimes the line between a duty and a war crime is so unclear that it seems to disappear altogether, but there's almost always a return to sanity. Not so with anybody at the top levels of the Bush Administration. They seem to think their lies are going to carry them all the way to the grave.
Just like Richard Nixon thought and, as near as I can tell, his lies DID follow him to his funeral bed.
One can only hope that the funeral bed wasn't the last stop. One can hope that there's an Afterlife AND a soul and that Richard Nixon saw both - and was judged way more harshly THEN than he ever was in this life.
As well for Bush Junior, Dick Cheney and all their underlings.
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