Chances are, maybe even by the time you read this, the two American soldiers,
by Mujahideen Shura Council in Iraq, will be dead, probably in some horrible
way, probably with their bodies dumped like all the horribly murdered Iraqis
in the blood and gore-strewn landscape that are the markers of Iraqi liberation.
The Rude Pundit can't help thinking, though, about the implied "What if"
of the capture, on the field of battle, of American soldiers, prisoners of war,
if you will.
What if we get pictures of the soldiers, nude, cowering, screaming
in a corner, shitting themselves on the filthy floors of a makeshift cell, as
their captors hold snarling dogs on leashes just out of bite range of the soldiers?
What if we learn that their captors decide that the soldiers
can offer intelligence that can be of use to al-Qaeda and, in order to get that
information, the captors put the nude soldiers into rooms that are heated to
hellish temperatures, followed by rooms that are impossibly cold with colder
water tossed onto them? What if the soldiers are made to stand for days on end?
Put into stress positions that fuck up their muscles and limbs? Denied sleep?
Had loud music played into their cells? Kept in isolation and fed bread and
water for days, weeks on end?
What if they strap one or both of those Americans to a board
and hold them underwater until their drowning reflex forces them to panic, thrash,
claw desperately for air, only to be brought up to breathe and then placed underwater
again? And again? Until the captors get the answers they seek?
What if those captors take the nude, sleep-deprived, shit
and piss-covered, nearly drowned and dog-frightened American soldiers and handcuff
them to beds with women's panties on their heads, snapping photographs and laughing,
talking about publishing the photos so that everyone can see the soldiers with
their panty-sniffing heads and terror-shriveled cocks, so that all of al-Qaeda
can laugh at what pussies Americans can be made to seem?
What if, and, really, does it need to be said, they are made
to stand, hooded, with faux electrodes attached to their nuts and fingers, told
that if they don't start answering questions, well, testicles only can take
so much electroshock before they just pop like squeezed grapes?
What will our government do? What could it do? Could it condemn the actions
as not abiding by the Geneva Conventions? Could it call the actions "torture"?
Could it demand accountability? Could it demand that the soldiers be treated
as POWs? Could it simply say, "Well, we don't do that shit...anymore"?
And what about the good right-wing punditry? Would Rush Limbaugh look at the
photos of the nude, cowering Americans and say it looks like fraternity hazing
or some such shit? Would others dismiss it as a media fabrication? Or would
they just pathetically overlook everything done in our American names to Iraqis,
Afghanis, and others, calling madly for the heads of the captors, not even thinking
about the irony of such a statement?
It goes without saying, but, considering the times, perhaps it needs to be
said: the Rude Pundit wishes none of this on Privates Thomas Tucker and Kristian
Menchaca. He hopes they are found or released safe and sound. But he also wishes
none of this on our prisoners, whether in Iraq, at Gitmo, or in secret prisons
or countries of rendition where fuck-all can happen with no law, no regulation,
no hope to bespeak our putative humanity.
Read from Looking Glass News
Elite Laugh At Torture During Gridiron Club Dinner
Yoo – Presidential Powers Extend to Ordering Torture of Suspect's Child
don't do torture" ... We strip you naked at your home
Finds Use of Abusive Interrogation Techniques in Iraq
intelligence sources: Sexually-explicit photos at Abu Ghraib special ordered
by a homosexual and pedophile ring inside the Bush White House
Perversion in Rumsfeld's Pentagon
of Sexual Perversion At Detention Centers More Serious Than Media Reports
leg keeps getting longer
Blames the Photos, Not the Torture
"torture jail" in Kabul