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  •  Agreed. (7+ / 0-)

    Even worse, we're having to defend why it's bad.

    Fricking Overton and his damned window....

    "Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage." - Confucius

    by IndieGuy on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 07:00:31 AM PDT

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    •  It seemed we had resolved this issue (9+ / 0-)

      in 1775:


      Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any [prisoner]. . . I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment as the enormity of the crime may require. Should it extend to death itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt at such a time and in such a cause... for by such conduct they bring shame, disgrace and ruin to themselves and their country.

      - George Washington, charge to the Northern Expeditionary Force, Sept. 14, 1775

      I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. ~Thomas Jefferson

      by bobdevo on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 07:12:53 AM PDT

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      •  There was a youtube video, a long time ago (3+ / 0-)
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        Matt Z, bobdevo, phrogge prince

        that showed an American soldier shooting to death a wounded and shackled Iraqi prisoner.  Although I know war is this ugly and worse, I will never forget that scene, among too many others of degrading human behavior.

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