AN AMERICAN'S PERSPECTIVE - A Little Perspective, Please!


By Roger Propst

In recent days we have learned of despicable acts of abuse being inflicted by American soldiers upon Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Let me make something perfectly clear; this abuse is outrageous, unacceptable, and exceeds any standard of treatment that should be used by our country in extracting information from enemy combatants. America demands more of itself than any other nation in this regard, and will investigate and punish those responsible for these acts, including those in the chain of command who knew or should have known what was going on. Now, for heaven's sake, let's move on! We are at war with radical Islam, and it is a war we must win. Many senators and representatives running to the microphones and television cameras to decry these abuses are doing nothing more than posturing and blathering in a presidential election year. They are like sharks smelling blood in the water and are in a feeding frenzy. They spend a few seconds on the prison issue, and then immediately launch into their Bush-hating talking points. It would sure be nice to hear some positions from these people other than if it's Bush's idea, it has to be bad. The position is apparently nothing more than a line from the song, "Anything you (Bush) can do, I can do better." These people would blame Bush for the next thunderstorm, and regrettably, some would believe them.

The President, the Secretary of Defense, and the General in charge in Iraq have all apologized to the Iraqi people for the behavior of those involved in the prison abuse. Have you ever heard of another nation doing something like that? I think not. Enough of the self flagellation; we have a war to win.

And now, if we did not already have reason to stop this blathering and posturing, Al Qaeda certainly has provided that reason. Five of those animals appear on a videotape with a terrified, innocent young American, Nick Berg, who has done nothing to them, read a political message, and proceed to slaughter him by cutting off his head with a knife. The death is slow; the young man screams in agony, it takes five sawing motions with the knife to complete the job. The entire time they are slaughtering this man, they are yelling "Praise Allah, God is good". The message from these murderers is that they have done this as revenge for the prison abuses; total nonsense. This is just what these animals do. This is not the first time an American has died in this fashion; remember Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl? He lost his life in the same manner in Afghanistan, simply because he was Jewish. Ladies and Gentlemen, we had better put the prison abuse in the hands of the investigators and get our eyes on the enemy. If some can look at this hideous beheading and still not realize we are at war with evil, then the rest of us had better get the job done. We do not need to find these thugs and prosecute them in court; we need to hunt them down and kill them. We are at war!

Democratic Senator from Connecticut, Joe Lieberman, had it right when he addressed Secretary Rumsfeld in a Senate Hearing this week by saying, " . . . The behavior by Americans at the prison in Iraq is, as we all acknowledge, immoral, intolerable and un-American," said Lieberman. "It deserves the apology you have given today and that have been given by others in high positions in our government and our military. I cannot help but say, however, that those who were responsible for killing 3,000 Americans on September 11, 2001, never apologized. . . . And those who murdered and burned and humiliated four Americans in Fallujah a while ago never received an apology from anybody." Senator Lieberman went on to say we must get back to the War on Terror that we must win!

Perhaps the beheading of Nick Berg will refocus the blathering politicians ire back where it belongs; on our enemies. We are involved in a difficult and prolonged war against the barbarians who committed this horrific act. They would do it to each of us if given the chance. And what we do not need are politicians who, for partisan political advantage, try to set up some terrible moral equivalence between the acts of our enemies and those of our elected leaders.

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