The Geek & The Chic

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Where Is The Outrage?

The death of the two US servicemen in Iraq this week sickens me. Putting aside the fact that I have a vested interest in the War on Terror, what went on this week needs to be addressed by every American and the global community.

The New York Times can decry and call for the release of the prisoners at Gitmo in Cuba who are treated as per the rules of the Geneva Convention but two of their own fellow Americans suffer barbaric torture at the hands of these -- these fuckers, and nothing is said? What gives? In case you haven't heard all the gruesome details, allow me to fill you in. According to FOX News, the bodies were found Monday night but could not be retrieved until Tuesday morning because they were booby trapped. Daylight did not bring anything good with it. What the soldiers saw of their brothers in arms were bodies with their hearts cut out, their testicles cut off and their penises stuffed in their mouths. For good measure, their eyes were gouged out too.

Say what you want about the War on Terror, George Bush or even Donald Rumsfeld. These are Americans who were serving US and willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. Are we so immune to the news reports of another soldier dead that we don't care anymore? The media seems so intent on keeping a tally of the body count that they forget every number represents a life. Each of those lives had purpose and were loved by family and friends who will miss that life. Communities will mourn their loss and all America will be a little poorer for it.

This isn't about, "Well, if we weren't in Iraq this never would have happened." It's about fighting an enemy that doesn't follow the rules of the Geneva Convention. It's about keeping terrorism off American soil so we don't have to worry about riding the subway or flying cross country. Soldiers know what they're getting into when they go into battle. The fact that they accept they could make the ultimate sacrifice is what sets them apart from the rest of us.

But tonight, two men are dead who died a horrific, barbaric death. And America is silent.


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