Mini-Opinion. Why Do We Allow Torture In Our Culture?
What is wrong with us? This week we hear about a bus driver and/or an aide taking away a blind boy’s cane as punishment for him acting up. Apparently the cane was school property, so they felt justified. And they handed him a swimming pool noodle instead.
This little guy was born with no eyes, a rare condition. Would authorities feel justified in taking away a wheelchair as punishment? Would they take a hearing aid? No of course not. They should have thought their actions through. All kids act up sometimes, even kids with disabilities. But they didn’t think.
I believe that is how this country got away with hideous torturing of people, innocent and not, plucked off of the streets of Iraq. Sure those who implemented it, the officials at the top of the country and a couple of torture psychologists, are sadistic bastards. But there were many who knew about it. Did they think? Apparently not.
Because now we have a near-decade of hell to pay for, so let’s think about what should be done. What can we do to hold those to blame accountable? Let’s show the world that torture – from taking away a little boy’s cane to freezing another human being to death – is not who we are. Let’s think.