Few Bad Apples
of the grotesque abuse of Iraqi POWs plagued TV screens and
newspapers, the one thing that flashed through my head was the
advertisements in hope of recruiting soldiers for the US Army
running the slogan, "Be all that you can be, in the army."
What the US army has shown the world is that “all they can be"
is sadistic, cruel and ruthless. This is the power the world
has given them. By sidestepping the UN and thumbing their noses
at the Geneva Convention, the Bush Administration has given
US soldiers the impression that they are invincible, all powerful,
and unaccountable for any misdeeds. No country in their right
mind would dream of such atrocious acts without fearing some
kind of repercussions. But America did.
arrogance "does not represent the America that [Bush] knows,"
then what does? Perhaps the Mai Lai Massacre is a better representation,
or Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or better yet, more recently, George
Bush and Donald Rumsfield's total disregard for the Geneva Convention
in Guantanamo Bay.
faced with so much criticism and shame, President Bush -- for
all his big words, which he cannot understand (much less pronounce)
-- not only forgot to apologise, but remained defiant. His message
was that these "few bad apples" are not representatives
of what America stands for. Did he ever stop to think that the
Muslims responsible for the bombings on September 11th were
also just "a few bad apples?" Or is America's loss
simply worth more than that of a poor Muslim country full of
George Bush's trite statement so offensive was what it lacked
-- something that many Muslims felt on September 11th -- humility.
Although it is a known fact that those suicide hijackers did
not stand for the Islam that most Muslims associate with, many
of us still had the grace to realise that an injustice was being
done in the name of our faith -- one that caused destruction,
violence and unnecessary upheaval throughout the world. Up until
now, moderate Muslims continuously try to prove again and again
to the world that a select group of extremists does not represent
an entire people. Did President Bush take that into consideration
when he decided to send his troops to Iraq, or when he waged
his notorious War on Terrorism?
soldiers are really just a "few bad apples" -- not
representing their nation or their army, then why did they not
at least think about the consequences of their actions? If America
is so good and holy, why would a group of soldiers conduct themselves
in such a disgusting way, and actually think that they could
get away with it?
is not who made the actual commands or who gave the final go-ahead
on these modes of abuse and torture. The problem lies in the
fact that why should any country -- be it the United States
or Bangladesh or Iraq -- be immune to international standards
and rules? Why is it alright for these men to be harassed and
degraded in such a way -- some of whom were arrested without
viable cause or reason -- while all we can do is shake our heads
and cluck our tongues at the images popping up on our TV screens.
to be a limit, or a boundary -- an end. It all started with
George Bush’s quest to “free Iraq" from an oppressive force.
This was followed by an unsuccessful search for Weapons of Mass
Destruction that -- much to the chagrin of George Bush -- apparently
do not exist. The world heaved a sigh of relief, believing the
nightmare was finally over when American troops captured Saddam
Hussein. And now we are witness to this -- the sexual, physical
and mental abuse, torture and humiliation of Iraqi people in
the same prison that their previous oppressor used to torture
them in. There has to be an end to such blatant arrogance. Today's
Iraq may just be tomorrow's world.