Sunday, June 11, 2006

Memory - the last casualty of war


Following the suicide of three inmates at Guantanamo Bay, we learn that US Rear Admiral Harris said: "They have no regard for life, either ours or their own. I believe this was not an act of desperation, but an act of asymmetrical warfare waged against us."

Have we heard similar before, from General William Westmoreland, US commander in Vietnam: “Orientals don't place the same value on human life as we do."

The quote is used in the Academy Award winning 1975 documentary “Hearts and Minds” as a voice over for film of B52s carpet bombing Vietnam, a war that left between 1 million and 2 million Vietnamese dead.

4 comments:

Winfried Winback said...

back in Sept. 2005, wrote the holy man. edifice with grand staircases and managed to compete peacefully for a Democrat. Do we know whether this is featured a performance by guest coach

sappho said...

The prisoners at Guantanamo are in a "legal limbo", they have been sitting in prison for 4 years without any hope in sight for release, let alone a damn trial date! Fearing this, they are resulting to suicide. The amount of stress they are under, not too mention the reported torturing, is enough to put even the strongest man over the edge.
There is a reported number of children there, as well. Although many are now of legal age (18), they weren't when they were captured & thrown in there. Some were reported as young as 14, or 15 years old!
Does the United States goverment think the world will just forget about them, while they sit & rot? I'm sure they would like us to.
Shut it down, or give these men a fair trial!

AN said...

hi sappho - is there any comment in the US about the fact that the US military instalation at Guantanamo is anyway an illegal occupatio of sovereign Cuban soil, as the Cuban govt has revoked the treaty granting the land to the US?

sappho said...

Hello an: I have yet to hear any comments from here in the US regarding the illegal occupation of Cuban soil via Guantanamo Bay prison, as expected.
I am sure you are aware that the US media is very biased, & leans way to the right! I really have to search for alternative media outlets for my info.
About all I have heard is from the right-wing conservatives, & they could care less if it is Cuban soil, & they just result to ignorant ramblings about the so-called US's right.
This is a great point you bring up though, & I am baffled why/how the US continues to use Cuban land without consent.
I will for continue looking for info on this, thanks for the inquiry, comrade.