|THE PEOPLE WALKING IN DARKNESS HAVE SEEN A GREAT LIGHT.|
As former FBI agent Ali H. Soufan observed in a recent NYT article,“Imagine if we didn’t go down that road. Imagine. We played into the enemy’s hand. Now we have American hostages in orange jumpsuits because we put people in orange jumpsuits.”
On the Cross, Christ said, "Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do." But more and more, we DO know what we do.
I find it difficult to believe that Christ is going to buy our infantilized wilfully blind protestations that we were only trying to "protect the innocent." In an effort to maintain our status as the world's superpower, in fact we torture, kill, drop nuclear bombs on, shatter the families of, impoverish, traumatize and mass displace the innocent.
That includes the soldiers we recruit and condition to kill and torture on our behalf.
Excerpts from two articles, both on Page A3 of the Los Angeles Times, Thursday, December 11, 2014:
The first is entitled: "Malala: Books, not guns.At Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the new laureate, 17, calls for education for all."
"Why is it that countries which we call strong are so powerful in creating wars but are so weak in bringing peace," [Malala Yousafzai] asked. "Why is it that giving guns is so easy, but giving books is so hard? Why is it that making tanks is so easy, but building schools is so hard?"
The second is "Brazil report details abuses: The National Truth Commission reveals the crimes of the military dictatorship."
"'The practices were a human tragedy that cannot be justified by any kind of motivation,' the report concludes. 'At thd same time that these reports expose scenes of horror that are little known by millions of Brazilians, they also honor the victims of crimes committed by the Brazilian government and its armed forces, which during the dictatorship instituted the systematic violence of human rights and the condition of a police state.
The report also notes that hundreds of Brazilian military officers received training in torture from the United States at the School of the Americas in Panama."
Finally, here's the link to a NYT piece by Eric Fair, a former torturer-for-hire, aka "contract interrogator" employed by the United States government at Abu Ghraib. Let's ponder that as we prepare to pay our taxes. As he notes, the abuses delineated in the recent Senate report are only the tip of the iceberg.
|ADVENT DAWN IN MY ROOM|