where is the outrage?

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Friday, 02 January 2009

by Deb Della Piana

It is hard for me to understand how the American people do not become outraged when looking at Abu Ghraib images. The photos of the American military personnel giving the "thumbs up" while posing with a dead detainee in a body bag - a detainee who died as a direct result of our government-sanctioned torture - is disgraceful. There has been little outrage, but I've heard some of the most callous comments by Americans, and those comments are what inspired me to write this article today. Comments like, "They're just a bunch of Arabs." or just "a bunch of towel-heads" are not uncommon, I'm finding. Another good one is, "Hey, it's war." Well, no, it isn't war, although that is bad enough. In fact, its torture and murder...and a war crime.

In just about twenty days, there will be a new occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Barack Obama would serve this country well if he appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the Bush war crimes. Yet, when six questions were submitted to the Obama transition team (with the Bush war crimes question being number 6 on the list), answers were provided for only the first five. Failure to address the issue is cowardly indeed. If president-elect Obama doesn't have the political will to broach this topic, then it is up to the American people to demand accountability. There is no way that George Bush, Dick Cheney and Condoleeza Rice, every one a war criminal, should be allowed to just move back in to private life without being held accountable for their despicable actions.


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