Sunday, May 03, 2009

Asking again

Reposting part of this December 23, 2007 post just because it really has never been answered. WHY? Why did the Bush administration want to torture? Why was it even thought of as something to use? Hadn't anyone watched any war movies? Paid attention in history class? Looked at what happens to regimes that torture? Why on earth was it ever resurrected from the dustbin of history?



It's torture, Georgie. Why did your administration decide to call the Geneva Conventions quaint? Why did you want torture 'on the table'? Why were you so adamant to have these torture techniques employed? Why was Abu Gonzales asked to find a legal way to activate torture? Why was Rumsfeld scrawling notes about how easy it was to stand for eight hours and that it wasn't enough? Why was there an overheard conversation (Richard Clarke?) between high-ranking White House staff in the days after 9/11 happily discussing torture techniques to use on al-Qaeda and Iraqis? And we're supposed to believe all those dog leashes and glow sticks used on prisoners at Abu Ghraib are part of the everyday equipment of soldiers?

And when Rumsfeld became incensed over the photos of Abu Ghraib, he wasn't upset by the torture. He was upset by the existence of the photos. The acts didn't disturb him, the fact that the world now knew disturbed him.

You opened this door and are now trying to pretend that what was done with your okay and in your name hasn't happened. The truth will out and we will get to hear all the horrible details, if not now, soon. This administration thought that torture would make people be in shock and awe of them. All this did was announce to the citizens of Iraq and the United States and to the world that this administration was cowardly, craven, inept and incompetent. Losers use torture. Wise men don't need to.

And don't drag out that stupid excuse that everything changed on 9/11. Nothing changed on 9/11 except we finally joined the rest of the world in dealing with terrorists. Not every country dealing with terrorism turns into a police state and tortures people. Not every government uses such a blow to undo everything that they can't stand in the Constitution and in our laws. But your administration did, Georgie.

I bet you and your pals have watched the CIA torture tapes. Or, as you demanded of Saddam Hussein to produce proof that he did not have WMDs, prove that you haven't.

Because, by the way you are denying things and shifting times to prove you didn't know anything about anything, we're assuming you have.
Here it is May 2009 and the shit has really begun to hit the Bush Legacy fan. I'd fix popcorn if I didn't feel so furious and nauseated...

And Georgie.... We told you so.


Anonymous said...

Why did they want to torture?

Because it turned them on.

ellroon said...



Anonymous said...

I think we should turn them over to Kali.


ellroon said...

Off to google...

Hmm... she's not one to be messed with, is she?

Kali, also known as Kalika (Bengali: কালী, Kālī / কালিকা Kālikā ; Sanskrit: काली), is a Hindu goddess associated with death and destruction. The name Kali means "black", but has by folk etymology come to mean "force of time (kala)". Despite her negative connotations, she is today considered the goddess of time and change. Although sometimes presented as dark and violent, her earliest incarnation as a figure of annihilation still has some influence. More complex Tantric beliefs sometimes extend her role so far as to be the "ultimate reality" or Brahman. She is also revered as Bhavatarini (literally "redeemer of the universe"). Comparatively recent devotional movements largely conceive Kali as a benevolent mother goddess.

Anonymous said...

She is certainly benevolent if approached in the right way.


Om Mata. Om Kali. Durga Devi Namo Namaha.

ellroon said...

Sounds like a prayer of the heart.

Anonymous said...

Om Bhur Bhuvah Svaha Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Pracodayat.

Anonymous said...

In the beginning, God was female, and gave birth to all things. Kali is Brahman.

ellroon said...

I've not heard such chanting before at such length. Very soothing. Thanks for sharing, Mahakal.