I just watched a story on abc.com news about US jailers at Guantanamo Bay using music to torture the detainees there. Apparently there is quite an outrage with a long list of musicians stepping forward to demand the declassification of all materials in regard to this matter. Musicians like Michelle Branch, Tim McIlrath of Rise Against, The Indigo Girls, R.E.M., Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine have all voiced their protest.
Big deal. What Saddam did to his own countrymen makes this pale in comparison. And yes, I’d love to believe that America is a great nation, whose standards should be held much higher than those of Saddam Hussein’s, but these people who are speaking out are not doing so because they think America is a great nation. If you listen to Rise Against you know they don’t think America is a great country. Don’t believe me? How about this from their song “State of the Union”
If we’re the flagship of peace and prosperity
We’re taking on water and about to fuckin’ sink
No one seems to notice, no one even blinks
The crew all left the passengers to die under the sea
Look it up and read that rest of that song. They’re not proud of their country.
We are the angry and the desperate,
The hungry, and the cold,
We are the ones who kept quiet,
And always did what we were told.
All you have to do with Rage Against The Machine is look at their name. But then examine their CD titles. The first was self-titled. Then we have Evil Empire, The Battle of Los Angeles, and finally Renegade.
RATM is so hardcore that they have songs titled Bombtrack, Killing In The Name, Take The Power Back, Settle For Nothing, Bullet In The Head,Township Rebellion, How I Could Just Kill A Man, Street Fighting Man, and Fuck The Police, yet they are at the same time oh so sensitive to the terrorists who want nothing more than to destroy this country.
And what is it that our government did to these poor souls? What hideous torture did we unleash on them? We played music! Apparently the music was played repetitively and loudly, but that’s all it was. We made them listen to songs. Maybe it wasn’t nice, but war isn’t nice. There aren’t any ways of dealing with terrorists and their sympathizers that are nice. It’s dirty business keeping America safe, but it’s necessary. Do you really think that when Osama Bin Laden struck on September 11, 2001 that he was intending to stop there? Do you really not understand that our war on terrorism, has in fact accomplished a lot? Sure it may never end. But have there been any more major attacks on US soil? No! There have not! And that is not because the jihadists were finished. It’s because we’ve hounded them and suppressed them. Not completely as evidenced by the fact that Osama is on the lam, but we’ve done it well enough to keep them from striking on our soil.
So give our boys at Gitmo a break! Do you think they like their job over there? Do you think that’s what they expected to find when they seized their chance to “see the world”? It’s a tough job and they’re dealing with tough people. Their response is to get tough. For the most part they haven’t done so without violence, which is to their credit. You won’t find “Pictures of dead Iraqis, with their necks slashed, their eyes gouged out and their genitals blackened” or “Jail cells, with dried blood on the floor and rusted shackles bolted to the walls” at Gitmo. What our boys did to “torture” the enemy was play loud music. I just don’t have a problem with them doing that. If you want to take on the fight against torture, watch a Fedayeen Saddam torture. I’m sure you will be inspired. I will not post a link to such a video here. I do think that there is a time and place and a reason to view such videos. This may be the time and you may have a good reason. But this blog won’t be the place.