Of course they use torture. It is just heartbreaking to see how low our governments have fallen. I saw our, because as a Canadian, while we haven't tortured anyone (I hope), my government has been shown to be just as morally corrupt as the USA.
How has this happened? North America has been perceived as the good guys, freedom and justice for all. Bullshit. The USA allowed itself to be sucked into an unjust war, damaging its reputation almost beyond repair. For what? I know I don't believe for a second that it was to oust the "Evil Saddam". I also don't believe the other side that says it was all about the oil. Somewhere in the middle is probably the answer. In proceeding with the war, all that Bush has really done is foster a new generation of terrorists. I know if my country was invaded, my home bombed, and family killed and maimed, I too would be hard-pressed not to pick up a gun or do something about it.
Yes Saddam was a bad man. Yes he used chemical weapons on his own people. But for god sakes that was in 1988! Why was it OK then, but now was used as a reason to invade?
Yes Saddam tortured his own people, now the U.S. forces are doing the same damn thing.
It is way past time to develop a realistic exit strategy and get the hell out of Vietnam... oops I mean Iraq.
Here is two links to articles that make for excellent reading.
torture - NY Times Article - http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/14/op...ochemarks.html
An excellent article from DoD with Lt. Gen. Petraeus regarding the readiness of the Iraqi Forces. http://www.dod.gov/transcripts/2005/...1005-4021.html
(if you cannot access these articles, let me know and I will either post them or email them to you.)
I am in now way endorsing or condemning the situation. I am just heartbroken at the loss of life for both the American families that have lost loved ones, and the Iraqi families who have also.