We can no longer plead ignorance. We can no longer pretend we didn't know what was really going on behind the walls of US torture camps in Cuba, Iraq, Afghanistan, and let's be frank, here in the US as well. It's all right there, in lurid color detail, complete with horrific narratives. And the worst part: Those who are leading this nation knew about it all along. They knew, but they did not care. Human rights observers screamed the truth at them, but they did not listen, because it didn't matter to them. And we didn't listen, because there were no pictures and it was too horrific to believe.
Well now we know. What will we do about it? If you think we can just wait for a solution, you haven't seen the pictures yet. If you think the system will work it out, you haven't read the stories. People have been living in the depths of hell behind the walls of Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, and "domestic" prisons all over the United States. While we've been sitting on our asses watching CNN reporter/generals describe the technological prowess of our great military machine, listening to hero-worshipping propaganda about "our troops," those troops have been sadistically torturing people to death. While the hawks here have been justifying an unjustifiable war by reminding us that Saddam Hussein tortured people, they were conveniently leaving out the part about George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld torturing people.
One of the lessons here: People have no right to any power over other people. They can't handle it, and all their sickest evil comes to the surface. It's the Stanford prison experiment, only in real life with a vengeance. (Remember Philip Zimbardo's experiment with college students, some of whom were assigned to be guards and some prisoners? The experiment had to be called off early, because the guards became so sadistic toward the "prisoners" that fears for their safety emerged.)
Yes, so now we know. What will we do? If the world had a conscience, troops from all over Europe and Asia would be flooding into Cuba, Iraq and Afghanistan to break down the walls of the prison camps and free the people from the clutches of the US imperialist beast. I'm BEGGING the world: DO SOMETHING. Do not forget this abuse, do not let another "commission," another "inquest" distract us until we forget. DO SOMETHING.