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Who’s against torturing a terrorist, right? Well, it turns out that many of the prisoners were not terrorists at all, just innocent people fingered by others for money or personal grievances. If you bother to read a historically factual review of the torture cases by American Vanity Fair writer Kurt Eichenwald in his book500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars, you would know that.
No one has made a movie about Eichenwald’s shocking disclosures of the abuse of civil rights and violations of the American Constitution. What kind of patriotism would that be, claiming Americans violated human rights?
Many of the prisoners were brutalized, tortured, imprisoned without lawyers or rights for years. Most were just hapless people with Middle Eastern and Asian names who were Muslim.
The movie falsely argues that the information from the torture led to the identity of the courier, Abu Ahmed Al Kuwaiti, who worked with bin Laden in the years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
But that’s not true. Maybe it cost too much money to explain that the identification came from the interrogations of suspects that took place without torture, or that torture didn’t work.
What American doesn’t support breaking someone’s arm or finger, or water boarding or starving someone for weeks on end, or putting a six foot tall man inside a 3 by 2 foot wood box for days on end if it meant feeling good about getting some payback against “those people?”
Maybe having served during the Vietnam War and hearing all the stories of how our American soldiers were tortured and abused after being falsely accused by the Viet Cong of being terrorists for dropping napalm on civilian villages, I’m a little sensitive to depriving people of their rights.
Yea, it’s not an easy question for most Americans who love this country but don’t seem to know much about the facts other than watching 9/11 being played over and over and over again on TV. The hatred of anyone Middle Eastern or Asian has to build up inside, doesn’t it?
So as soon as someone comments about how dumb the film really is — most Hollywood movies are little more than stories sewn from twisted and exaggerated facts – you’re vilified in the minds of others who don’t like anyone reminding them about how we torture innocent people.
Especially in our “Christian World” where turning the other check doesn’t quite cut it, and we can envision Jesus standing with the mob, club in his hand, wanting to beat some foreign looking prisoner to death because someone said he sympathized with “those terrorists.”
Vengeance is justified when it belongs to us, I guess. In movies and in everyday life.
I’m glad we got bin Laden. He was guilty of murder. I just wish we did it with justice rather than hate!
(Ray Hanania is an awarding columnist. Reach him athttp://www.TheMediaOasis.com.) — City & Suburban News-Herald
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Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.
Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com. He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites TheArabDailyNews.com and NewsAmericaNetwork.com (Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com).
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post, YNetNews.com, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.
Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.
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