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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Great Raid - A Note to Senator Durbin

I was up in Sacramento last weekend and went with my two twenty-something sons to see the Great Raid. The movie is the story of an Army Ranger and Phillippino guerella raid into Japanese territory in the Philippines during World War II to rescue American POWs from certain massacre. I brought from it something other than just the story it told.

The theater was full of grey hair. The audience was in large part people in their 70s and 80s remembering what that time was like. They were the Greatest Generation in Brokaw's terms.

But beyond that, what jumped out at me was the incredible brutality of the Japanese captors. Incinerating prisoners alive, starving them to death, working them to death, beating them to death all for no greater purpose than the amusement of the keepers. The Japanese were animals. (One can only wonder what was going on their society to breed men like that.)

About half way through the movie I leaned over and whispered into the ear of my eldest son, "When you hear about what is going on down in Guantanmo, you now have something to compare it to."

While people like Senator Durbin compare us to folks like the guards depicted in this movie, the reality is something totally different. The brutality suffered by the American POWs rose to levels far beyond mishandling the Koran or putting panties on someone's head. This movie depicts the reality of torture.

Senator, and others like you, PLEASE, no more comparing us to the Nazis, Pol Pot, The Gulag and whoever else pops to your pathetically misinformed minds. Words have meaning, and if hyperbole is indulged, like calling putting panties on a prisoners head torture, then we lose track of what real torture is.

We are still waiting for that apology Senator.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn