13 January 2005 by Published in: current events 1 comment

First there was the war I was against, then there was the horrifying scandal at Abu Ghraib along with the indefinite detentions at Guatanamo which, while I’d said nothing about them on this blog before now, I’m appalled by. Distressing as all that is, it’s apparently not a big enough wedge between me and my government (and my fellow citizens who are in favor of these atrocities), because now there’s the discussion about whether we should resurrect our use of death squads. Only this time, we don’t even consider it unseemly enough a tactic to keep it secret. I don’t recognize this country. Why do I have to speak against the shameful behaviors of my country and its leaders? Why can’t my country behave morally and with dignity? Why do I have to be so alienated from the government that acts in my name but acts in ways I would never condone or even excuse? I feel suddenly like I have to actually say that I think death squads are a bad idea. How did it come to this? How can it not be obvious to every person in this nation right on up to the president and his advisors that this is bad policy and worse than bad ethics?

To quote slacktivist, in this similarily tongue-tied post which you should all read (if you haven’t already) : “Gaah. I just … gaah.”

iTunes says I was listening to Sweet Allure from the album “Beneath the Surface” by Balligomingo when I posted this. I have it rated 3 stars.


Thu 13th Jan 2005 at 1:28 pm

I have never felt so completely out-of-step with my own government. Sure, I have disliked plenty of things we’ve said or we’ve done, but not so many things on a day-to-day basis as I do now.

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