Have the 2,100 Abu Ghraib photos been released yet? I don’t know, but I am so sick of reading how these photos do not endanger American lives. And yes, I understand that a federal judge much smarter than me disagrees. Although it will never be the right time for the photos, I am fairly certain now is a bad time.
We’ve seen what 3 beheading videos have done in the US. I did not know James Foley, Steven Sotloff, and David Haines. Most of us did not have the chance. But we feel the disgust, the heartbreak, the hate when we see the images. Thoughts of killing the executioner in various fashions undoubtably cross many minds. Now imagine seeing 2,100 more videos.
What if we only saw:
And read the full transcript of the beheading video here.
The facts do not change. Isn’t the death of James Foley just as egregious? Just as disgusting? Just as heartbreaking?
Americans are being picked off solely because they are Americans. The Brits, because we’re friendly with them. Men, women, and children in Syria because “they don’t follow Sharia Law.” Violence is never rational. You think after seeing 2,100 new photos, ISIS will be like, oh, no problem, it doesn’t change a thing…different time…different people.
It’s important to understand that you can’t argue with crazy people. The rules of reason cannot apply. And every normal functioning person has something they are crazy about–try converting a democrat to republican, or a Christian to Islam…resolve science and religion, Palestine and Israel. Convince the Pope that birth control is A-OK. Or simply, persuade a vegan to start eating meat. There are plenty of more intelligent and accomplished people than you and I, on both sides.
The torture at Abu Ghraib–it’s disgusting, revolting, and people must be held accountable. Maybe the ACLU and the Department of Defense can stipulate to the contents. Maybe some of the greatest minds and humanitarians out there can figure something out. Want to protect our troops? American lives? Bask in the warmth of the Freedom of Information Act another time. You don’t have to be president to help win this war (ok, it hasn’t officially been declared but whatever). Tone down the entitlement. As if in another country you could find things like the FOIA or a little thing called the Bill of Rights. Wait, you know of such country? Well don’t waste time telling me about it. Move there.
Every situation is different, even if imperceptibly. This isn’t about a media black out or preventing ISIS from having veto power over what we see or don’t. It’s about doing the right thing.
PS Oh, and if you want to crap all over my point of view, that’s fine too. I would be crazy to argue with you about it. According to Albert Einstein: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results = INSANITY.