Wednesday, May 03, 2006


MSNBC Photo: BAGHDAD, An Iraqi detainee weeps...

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - OCTOBER 28: An Iraqi detainee weeps while tied down in a "humane restraint chair" at the maximum security section of the Abu Ghraib Prison October 28, 2005 on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq. His jailers, U.S. Army military police, said that he was being punished for disrespecting them.
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This Iraqi teenager is restrained for being "disrespectful" to the guards; the guards allege the restraint is for only 2 hours. Allegedly. What would happen here in America if teen prisoners were restrained in this manner for being disrespectful to or sassing a policeman or guard? Some officers and guards in America do create charges arising from a "contempt of cop" offense, but not legally.

Since I have a grandson in Iraq and I constantly worry about his and other troops' safety, I can understand the wide net the military throws in detaining possible suspected insurgents. Given the extensive damage America has done to the Iraqi nation and its people, the terrible reputation of Abu Ghraib and other prisons and the Iraqis' hatred of them, and the tendency of jailers anywhere to be overbearing and disrespectful to prisoners, I can also understand prisoners' resentment and rebellion, especially the young who have little self control. And most especially if you happen to be innocent of wrongdoing and feel that you are being imprisoned unjustly.

How would you feel if it was you or your family members imprisoned by foreign conquerors in our own country? We Americans might be a tad resentful also. Even though the Iraqis had a cruel and despotic ruler, they have as much pride and self respect as we do.

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