Celebrating Death

Posted on Friday 9 June 2006

I think that it is a sad sign when a society celebrates the death of a person. Even a person as sociopathic as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was a human being. This is not to say that he should not have been brought to justice, as I firmly believe in justice. Al-Zarqawi was responsible for the deaths of many Iraqis, and was one of the possible architects of the imminent civil war in Iraq.

The real horror of Bush’s “War on Fundamentalism” is how little value human life and human rights hold. Three men have committed suicide in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. These people have almost no rights. The American people have had their rights violated by Bush’s need for security.

How many innocent civilians have died in Iraq and Afghanistan? How many of our military have died in both of these conflicts? Has the “War on Fundamentalism” actually reduced the number of terrorists? I don’t believe it has—in fact, it may have had the opposite effect—W is the poster child for Al Qaeda recruiting.

Iraq is a failed state, and the people there are suffering far worse than they had under Saddam Hussein—fear is no longer the province of the government, but far more fickle and widespread. Terror and death come from many more sources than the government in the newly “liberated” Iraq. Afghanistan is far from a complete success—and is currently experiencing a resurgence in support for the Taliban.

If you look at some of the countries that have serious and on-going problems with terrorism, England and Spain. They have managed to deal with the existence of terrorism, but haven’t violated human rights on the scale of what the Bush administration has found necessary. Granted, some countries, like Israel, are less successful at dealing with terrorism while preserving human rights.

Must the United States lose its humanity under the guise of National Security. This country has long stood for human rights and democracy. We no longer hold the moral high ground when it comes to the “War on Fundamentalism”. Much of what Osama bin Laden had predicted about what America would do has come to pass under the Bush administration.  When we no longer support the basic rights of the people—as granted in our Constitution and the Bill of Rights—how can we claim to be a supporter of justice and human rights?

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