A New Axis of Evil ?

Does the kind of behavior described in the Guardian’s story“US military in torture scandal” mean that the United States of America will now be included in Bush’s infamous “Axis of Evil?” If not, why not?

What started as merely a story of a few rogue military members takes on darker elements when you read:

“It’s insanity,” said Robert Baer, a former CIA agent, who has examined the case, and is concerned about the private contractors’ free-ranging role. “These are rank amateurs and there is no legally binding law on these guys as far as I could tell. Why did they let them in the prison?”

I was already amazed at how extensively civilian firms were used in Iraq, but it’s hard to believe that they were actually put in charge of prisoners and were allowed to give orders to soldiers. Worst of all, apparently they can’t be held accountable for their actions if one of them can rape an Iraqi prisoner and the military can’t hold him accountable.

2 thoughts on “A New Axis of Evil ?”

  1. Just about all of the words I’d have to say about it can’t be said on TV. But people should stop trying to appear shocked. When men go to war, some men always behave this way. The difference between criminals or war prisoners and the tough mean guys it takes to be their jailers is often not very great. Bush wants to say Americans don’t act like this, but of course they do. Also behaving in that manner in some cases and rarely are members of every culture and race on the planet. Such wickedness had travelled the world many times over before Bush decided to teach Saddam Hussein a lesson.

    Say, whatever happened to the phrase “Soldier of Fortune”? Guess it sounds more respectable to be a “contract worker”. Sounds like maybe it’s a teacher or health care worker or a clerk, doesn’t it? I’m sure there’s no deception intended in that…


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