Friday, April 17, 2009
As I wrote almost a year ago, the United States has apparently been torturing children.
Thinking about this, let alone writing about it, makes me sick to my stomach. But it is my moral duty to help expose this monstrous truth so that it is less likely to happen again.
Since I wrote the essay, respected political scientist Michael Haas has confirmed that children were tortured, and Raw Story has explained that the newly-release Bush torture memos may corroborate claims that at least some detainees' children were tortured using insects.
The number two man at the State Department, Colonel Lawrence B. Wilkerson, said that many of those tortured at Guantanamo Bay were innocent, but that the Bush administration did not really care whether they were innocent or not.
But children are - by definition - innocent.
Torturing children is not only a war crime, it is a crime against humanity and the most barbaric action of all.
And the torture was not the act of a couple of "bad apples", but was approved by Bush's top advisors. It was, in other words, a policy of monstrous wrongdoing.