Hello dear reader, sorry for the layoff between posts. A thousand pardons for pulling you away from the Huffington Post, but fret not I will be brief.
“We have been through a dark and painful chapter in our history…Nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.
-Barack Obama on the torture memos
Of course we have. Sure, us average Americans didn’t have to experience the horrors of Abu Ghraib, Bagram Detention Center, Guantanamo Bay or any of the many black sites that are still unknown; but we suffered, y’know. How dare those recalcitrant wogs march us to torture centers and make us electrocute their testicals.
But fret not. This “blame the victim” tact is not new. Here is Jimmy Carter speaking in 1977 on the Vietnam War:
Well, the destruction was mutual. You know, we went to Vietnam without any desire to capture territory or to impose American will on other people. We went there to defend the freedom of the South Vietnamese, and I don’t feel that we ought to apologize or to castigate ourselves or to assume the status of culpability.
Yup. The destruction was mutual. That explains all the Vietnamese bombing raids on major American cities and chemical weapons the used on our agricultural system.
Also, note the similar ends. While horrible stuff has happened, we must take great pains not to actually do anything about it. We reserve war crimes trials for ze Germans and assorted 3rd world dictators who have fallen out of favor.
~ Shawn O’Donoghue