thanks. But I wonder if you see the irony of your statements "I dont know where you are from, maybe the deep south where strong racism still exists."
and "Why dont u try going to an ARMY-RUN jail, where you get beaten, forced to wear all sorts of humiliating 'clothes', where you get sodomized, forced to climb on top of strangers, NAKED, and then humiliated over and over again, you might not feel the same way"
and the flagrant bigotry they contain.
The first assumes that because a person appears to be a bigot you
assume that he is from "the deep south" and the second assumes that only sadist, rapists are to be found among US Army prison personnel. Both of those remarks are textbook bigotry, they just don't happen to be skin-color based or religion-based.
I will personally admit to some prejudices. They are not chief among my basic axioms of life, but they do exist and I believe that any honest person would admit to such. But there is something that I do not like and that is operational
bigotry, if you will. That is going through life making judgements about people and setting standards for people based on their ethnicity.
A good example of that is this double standard: Americans may not fault all Iraqis because a few of them like to behead people - but - Iraqis cannot be blamed for faulting all Americans because a few raped and abused prisoners in their care. After all it is their culture and they can't help it.
That is flagrant ethnic prejudice against the Iraqi people to assume that they are so primitive that they cannot rise above such prejudice. Personally I believe that the practice of tarring all with the same brush is contrary to the future of civilization. I also believe that the Iraqi people can rise above this sorry practice. Perhaps we can too.
One last note. As we cannot change the past, let's hear from the critics of the US actions, what we should do next.
Should we simply pull out? Personally I believe that would leave the beheaders as the only viable force in the country. Bad thing.
Should we stay until we kill or pacify every last insurgent and ex-colonel in Saddam's army that is still trying to avoid prosecution? Personally I don't think we can do that.
So what do we do.
It is easy to criticise.
Let's hear some ideas instead.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.