The regime of President Robert Mugabe has been characterized by transforming wealth of the country from the people to a group of thugs and murders who when opposed yell as loud as they can, “we are saving you from colonialism!” The current thievery consists of sending the army and police into diamond mines in the name of “security.” Of course, the “security” they are protecting is the license to steal by members of the Mugabe government, including leaders of the armed forces. A few days ago, the Mugabe government promised to withdraw its forces from the diamond mines, but the current message is we need the police there to maintain law and order. Imagine if legal diamond miners sought the diamonds!!
The Kimberly Process which supervises diamond mining in many areas of Africa says the army and police are guilty of murder, beating and horrific treatment of miners who get in their way. Naturally, the government of neighboring South Africa remains silent as do other democratic African nations. Of course, if European business interests were acting in like manner, the cry of “colonialism” would be heard all over Africa
The Obama election was hailed throughout Europe as the beginning of a new era in which the mad policies of George Bush would end and be replaced by those which adhere to basic principles of human rights. Obama’s action in announcing the close of Guantanamo prison raised hopes America would finally come to grips with its tortured past under Bush. But, Obama’s decision to reverse a promise of releasing torture photos created confusion among Europeans who have been anxious to praise the new president. The left-leaning German daily, Die Tageszeitung, reacted by commenting “the president is abdicating leadership on this question (and this) is a tragedy. Because cover-ups and a lack of punishment were never good starting points for a new beginning.”
The Financial Times Deutschland noted Obama had promised his nation would adopt an ethical stance and “the dark chapters of the Bush era would be illuminated as quickly as possible…But, the most important aspect of the Washington changing of the guard is not that Bush-era methods be denounced. Rather, most important is that they be ended.”
Obama might attempt to dodge his responsibilities but all he has done is created an even worse scenario. Instead of controlling the torture discussion, he has allowed it to fall into the hands of those who want punishment and openness. Can Obama control those forces when they use the media to generate debate?
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The New York Daily News printed an editorial which defended torture and argued against any punishment: Here is what they said:
“The Justice Department struck a blow for societal self-preservation in ruling CIA agents won’t be prosecuted for using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics on terror suspects. It was madness even to consider criminally charging the US operatives who gathered critical intelligence in the desperate months after 9/11 by applying techniques that were officially declared legal by the very same Justice Department.”
Following is a memo written by a member of the Nazi Minister of the Interior in 1942:
“It has come to my attention that some elements in the Ministry of the Interior are upset at some tactics we are using in defense of our beloved German homeland. The recent episode in Czechoslovakia in which terrorists killed Heydrich led to our killing of an entire village in order to demonstrate that terrorism will be punished. Yes, we do kill ten or fifteen civilians for each German soldier who is killed, but how else can we deal with the crafty and inhumane terrorists who kill innocent German soldiers at night?
I have received complaints that we pull out fingernails or burn terrorists in order to secure information. They are TERRORISTS! Their goal is to destroy the German homeland. And, yet, there are those who say who should be soft and pleasant to these inhuman terrorists. We must be strong if we are to defeat the hordes of Jewish-Communist forces of evil.
A member of the SS recently came to me and asked if he could be charged with committing a crime if he burned out the eyes of a suspect. I made clear he was following orders and that no one would ever be punished for following orders. He mentioned that a friend refused to rape a filthy Jewish girl and was then reprimanded by a superior. Orders are orders. Obey and obey, that is the way of Nazi Germany. I have been told in the soft liberal Jewish tainted democracies some argue that one should not obey an illegal order. It is such thinking that will ensure our victory.
If we accept these weak kneed opponents than those who gain glory in killing Jews would be branded as committing a crime. How can one commit a crime in killing the vermin filthy Jews who spread their germs of evil throughout the world. Torture in defense of the truth is always justified. If you don’t believe me, just contact Adolf Hitler.”
Yes, Daily News, which is owned by Mr. Zuckerman, yes, killing Jews in defense of Nazi Germany was no crime. If you don’t believe that statement, just read the April 18, 2009 editorial in The Daily News.