Thursday, July 14, 2005

Moral Equivalance

Which of the following would you prefer?

1. To be an al Queda operative
forced by the US to wear a brassiere, do dog tricks and stay awake for 20 hours a day?

A military investigation of interrogations at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, found no torture occurred, but one high-value al Qaeda operative was subjected to "abusive and degrading treatment" when he was forced to wear a brassiere, do dog tricks and stay awake for 20 hours a day.

FBI agents assigned to the prison complained of what they considered abusive treatment. Based on 26 e-mails sent in 2002 by the agents, the Pentagon ordered U.S. Southern Command, led by Gen. Bantz J. Craddock, to investigate.

Gen. Schmidt said the e-mails, and surveys of all 493 FBI agents who worked at the camp, boiled down to nine purported cases of abuse out of 24,000 interrogations. Two were unsubstantiated; five were substantiated, but authorized by the Army Field Manual or by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld; and two were substantiated as unauthorized tactics that resulted in abuse.

2. To be a Baghdad kid slaughtered by al Queda

dead child
An Iraqi carries his dead nephew outside the morgue of a local hospital in Baghdad, 13 July 2005. (AFP/Getty Images)
Tiny plastic sandals, some tattered and stained with blood, lay in a pile near a child's crushed bicycle. Mothers wailed and beat themselves after a suicide bomber killed 18 children and teenagers getting candy and toys from American soldiers.

3. To be a woman mutilated and dying on a London Underground train bombed by al Queda ?

As Sgt Betts moved further forward, he saw a girl lying on her back. "Almost all her limbs were gone and she had a horrendous burn mark on her face. I thought she was dead. I was about to walk on, in search of injured, when she opened her eyes and said: 'Help me.' "