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Here we are in this 21st century, debating whether or not we should abrogate the Geneva Conventions on the "Humane Treatment of Prisoners of War". What a depth we have sunk to in this nation of ours. I'm sure that the world is watching this debate with wonder and confusion, just as I am. What is The United States trying to do? Are we purposely trying to alienate every nation on Earth?

I hear the Neo-Con argument loud and clear. We are in a "War on Terrorism". We are in this "war" to fight those that would threaten our way of life. We must fight this "war" with every means at our disposal. What you don't hear them say, but it is implicitly clear, is that "Frankly folks, we are scared to death of these people". That my friends, is the message that they are sending to people that are fighting this "war". They are fighting us with AK-47's and rusty grenade launchers, and munitions that we left lying around in our "rush" to enter Bagdhad. Are these the people we should be so afraid of, that we drop all pretense of morality, and become a nation that hides behind our fear, so that these "evildoers" don't come to America and rape our women as they sleep in their beds. This is insanity at is height.

What makes these people so different that we can't prosecute this war in the same way that we have prosecuted all the other wars that have come before it? Are these enemies so committed, so terrible, so omnipotent that we have to take extraordinary measures to defeat them? That is the message that this administration is sending to out citizens and to the world. George W. Bush is afraid of what he has started, and now he wants our military to have the right to do what we have refused to let our military do in any other war... torture prisoners. Do these prisoners warrant that type of special treatment? Are they any worse than all the enemies that we have faced in the past, or are they somehow so terrifying that we have to resort to breaking the law? They are not vampires. They don't need to be shot with a silver bullet. They will not rise from the dead and attack us again. Osama Bin Laden is not "supernatural".

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney don't have a clue. They invented this "War on Terrorism" and this is just a next logical step to keep this so-called "war" at the forefront of everyone's mind until the elections. There is nothing so "special" about these Islamic extremists. They are not so dangerous as they would like you to believe. They managed to slip over here, get in our commercial airliners and overpower crew with box cutters and drive the planes into things. I hope that we have corrected the inadequate security that allowed then to do that. Beyond that, they are just a group of militant people that will die to advance what they see as their agenda. No different than the Viet-cong, The Red Brigade, or the communist cells that were spread out all over the world. The only difference between these militants and other militants is George W. Bush. He is using these terrorists to advance his own agenda by holding them up as the Orwellian enemy to blame, every time he needs to control the public, and as you can see, all the politicians are playing his game.

If I were Bin Laden, I would be in my cave laughing my ass off. In one day, he has managed to scare most of the people of the United States, as much or more than Hitler did. He has become the biggest bogeyman in American history, all with the help of George W. Bush. This "War on Terrorism" is a giant lie that the Far-Right invented so that they can control the population of this country using fear as a weapon. The trouble with using fear as a weapon, is that after awhile, people become inured to fear, and start to treat it very casually. Once that happens, there are no more weapons left in the arsenal. That is what is happening to George's strategy. Soon, all his troops will have defected, and he will be sitting in the White House, waiting for the paperwork. The paperwork will be carried by members of the Attorney Generals office, and will have the signature of the Special Prosecutor. They will be warrants for High Crimes and misdemeanors. That will be how this Presidency ends This is how this "War on Terror" will end... if we hold our government accountable.

That day is not that far away.
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Tim Gatto is Ret. US Army and has been writing against the Duopoly for the last decade. He has two books on Amazon, Kimchee Days or Stoned Colds Warriors and Complicity to Contempt.

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