Floridian: Iraq 'n' roll

This is funny. The troops in Iraq are playing Heavy Metal music to harass the insurgents in Iraq. This method has proved useful in the past (ask Manuel Noriega how he liked it), and the troops like the music. You might say, "No problem, good for the troops and bad for the enemies."

Well apparently Amnesty International has a problem with it and they don't find it humorous at all:

"Uncooperative prisoners are being exposed for prolonged periods to tracks by rock group Metallica and music from children's TV programmes Sesame Street and Barney in the hope of making them talk," the BBC reported in May 2003. "However, Amnesty International said such tactics may constitute torture."

Though listening to Barney has tortured adults for years, I hardly consider this real torture. Saddam Hussein practiced real torture. Al-Zarqawi practices real torture. Heavy Metal is not torture folks...it's an annoyance (to those that don't like it). In fact, the troops should up the ante and start playing Slayer!

I find it funny that they (Amnesty) interview the prisoners and act like they are getting the truth. Sorry, Abu Gharib was already exposed...and no real torture going on there...only humiliation. If torture was really going on in that magnitude that the prisoners and Amnesty International claim, then the media would be all too happy to expose it...just as they exposed the Abu Gharib scandal (2 months after the military had already begun taking action on the scandal).

If anything, the self-righteous Amnesty International is meaningless. What is their purpose? We know bad things happen all over the world by corrupt governments and dictators. What does Amnesty International do? Here's an example:

A.I.: "Saddam Hussein's regime is guilty of torturing and killing innocent civilians."
Saddam: "Whatever!"

They complained about Saddam and the Taliban yet were powerless to do anything about it. In comes the U.S., with the power and capability to stop the offending governments and government officials, and they complain about heavy metal music "torturing" the prisoners (many who are guilty applying real torture under Saddam). Ohhh, the humanity!

Amnesty International is much like the U.N. If you complain about something yet do nothing to rectify the situation...guess what? The situation never gets resolved! Wow, what a revelation! Words without the resolve to act accomplishes nothing. It's like if I tell my son he has to get better grades, but I don't take any action to ensure that happens...he won't get better grades. It's only through praise and punishment that he gets good grades. As he matures, he'll do it for himself out of honor, integrity, and responsibility. Unfortunately, our enemies have none of these qualities.


Blogger Erik said...

Amnesty International is like PETA or the ACLU. In theory they serve a great purpose. In reality, they find problems for the sole purpose of them jumping in and trying to solve it. It's their own little self-fulfilling prophecy.

November 22, 2004 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger Liberal_Slayer said...

Amnesty International is the least useful of the groups. They really don't do anything useful, nor do they have any real power. They may expose torture and abuse...but we already know there are nutcases and tinpot dictators running countries throughout the world. If they appeal to the UN, it's another powerless entity...enless the US decides to step in (such as our unilateral action in Bosnia). Either way, a government decides.

Though PETA is on the nut-fringe (they want animals to have the same rights as humans), they can expose mistreatment of animals prior to slaughter which upsets a majority of Americans. The marketplace then demands changes to the treatment of animals prior to slaughter. We like our meat, chicken and fish; but we want them killed humanely. The people decide.

Though I applaud the ACLU in their fight to maintain citizens' privacy, I don't care for their relentless attacks on religion. Let the people decide, not the courts when it comes to religion.

November 23, 2004 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger eskadoni said...

my two cents: AI can be useful, but usually isn't.
PETA is just silly for the most part.
on the ACLU, i'm pretty much with the slayer on that.

my main problem with this post and many like it is that they compare the US transgressions with those of monsters and then claim we did nothing wrong. i like to think we can be held to a high standard. i think we should be hastled to no end about the prison scandal. that was something america should have been above. as for the heavy metal, i think the music sucks and it would be an awful thing to go through, but unless they are holding someone down and shattering their eardrums with it, then there is no problem. my question: wouldn't blasting some brittany spears work better?

November 30, 2004 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Liberal_Slayer said...

I'm not minimizing what happened in Abu Gharib, it was disgraceful and we should be held to a higher standard.

However, my rants are mainly against those who attempt to maximize the "torture" we subjected the prisoners of Abu Gharib while minimizing the torture that Islamic militants inflict on their prisoners. It's 2 totally different things and it's shameful that people would try to draw a comparison between the US and Islamic Militants.

November 30, 2004 at 1:17 PM  
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