Sunday, June 19, 2005
An educational opportunity: Sen. Dick "U.S. troops are like Nazis" Durbin might find it enlightening to read this New York Times story which describes what torture really is -- and it doesn't involve Christina Aguilera.
When marines [sic] burst in, one of the captives was lying under a stairwell, badly beaten. At first, they thought he was dead.
The others were emaciated and battered. Mr. Fathil had fared the best. The other three were taken by medical helicopter to Balad, a base near Baghdad with a hospital.
But he still had been hurt badly. Marks from beatings criss-crossed his back, and deep pocks, apparently from electric shock burns, were gouged in his skin.
The shocks, he said, felt "like my soul is being ripped out of my body." But when he would start to scream, and his body would pull up from the shock, they would begin to beat him, he said.
That's torture -- and only for sadistic pleasure -- they weren't trying to get any information out of him.
If you can't discern the qualitiative difference between Aguilera tunes and electric shocks and daily beatings, well, then you're qualified to be a senator from Illinois.