Friday, November 18, 2005

Soldier Responds to State News Cartoon

Over on the Smash Left Wing Scum site, Soldier Rob Walter responds to the offensive snews cartoon.
After seeing Mike Ramsey's Veterans Day cartoon (SN 11/11), I felt compelled to write to you.
I am a soldier currently stationed at Baghdad Central Correctional Facility, better known as Abu Ghraib. Comparing us to the Nazis who ran torture camps is patently offensive to us and to everyone who has ever worn an American military uniform.

We are here fighting for the freedom of the Iraqi people, and part of that is keeping those who would destroy that freedom locked up so they cannot kill American soldiers, or innocent civilians.

We do not torture the people here. In fact, the detainees here are treated much better than they would be in an American prison. They all have access to lawyers and are tried for their crimes under Iraqi law, by Iraqi judges.

So, Ramsey I suggest in the future you draw what you know something about. Like being a sheltered, rich college liberal in East Lansing, for starters.

Robert Walter
East Lansing resident

Rob also posted on what really goes on at Abu Gharaib. I encourage everyone to read it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I’m a little confused. If Mr. Ramsey is “currently stationed at Baghdad Central Correctional Facility, better known as Abu Ghraib” why is he listing his address as East Lansing in the letter to the editor? Also, why is anyone surprised the letter was written? Show me any other medium, business or anything that gives people a forum for people to criticize them.
I wore a military uniform for 20 years, and I am not offended by the cartoon. What I am offended by is this administration not only condoned torture but also ordered it. It’s a fact that torture has gone on at both Abu Ghraib and Gitmo, and the current attorney general wrote a memo saying it was legal to torture, and yet the right will still try to deny the torture did not come from the top, or it was just a “fraternity prank” according to the voice of the conservatives, rush limbaugh.
I fail to see how we are “.here fighting for the freedom of the Iraqi people” when the reason this war was sold to Congress and the American people was Iraq was an immediate threat to the U.S. with its weapons of mass destruction, and we are seen as occupiers.
A picture is worth a 1,000 words, and this is a good, accurate editorial cartoon in that in World War II the world saw us as liberators and now the world sees us as occupiers who torture.