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This blog will reflect my interests in learning disabilities, nursing, nursing theory, philosophy and politics and my general interests in the arts and literature. (Nursing is an art as well as a science!) Philosophy and nursing have been intrinsically linked since the days of Socrates, his mother was a midwife, and taught him everything he knew!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Guantanamo Bay - The Backlash Grows

Todays events in Afghanistan, where Jalalabad has erupted in rioting bear out the predictions of those who have criticised the strategy and tactics used by the USA in their so-called 'war on terror'.

Angered by reports that during the interrogation of one of the captives at Guantanamo, a copy of the Koran was flushed down a toilet, students took to the streets, buildings linked with the west were torched and troops shot dead three people. This in a country that we are told is 'grateful' to the West for overthrowing the Taliban.

I have always felt that the 'war on terror' would have equal success to the 1980's 'war on drugs' - where at the end of the 'war', many times more peoplw were using illegal drugs than before. Indeed the two seem to be linked - 90% of the heroin used in Britain and the USA is grown in Afghanistan, enriching the warlords that the US invasion helped to put in place.

I cannot say that I share the demonstrator's anger at the flushing of a book down a toilet. I realise that they see it as a blasphemy, but in my eyes far worse blasphemies were inflicted on human beings at Abu Ghraib and at Guantanamo Bay itself. The deaths of thousands at the World Trade Centre and the deaths of hundreds of thousands in Bush and Blair's wars against Afghanistan and Iraq were also blasphemies against humanity.

Guantanamo bay, where people are held without charge, and without the evidence against them being scrutinised by any kind of court is a blasphemy against democracy and justice. Even in the USSR at the height of Stalin's terror, they would hold 'show trials' to justify the incarceration and torture of whoever the Stalinists believed was a threat to the USSR - the political and military apparatchiks in the USA have dispensed with even this gesture toward due legal process.

The way to combat terrorism, would be to tackle it at it's roots. People go down the blind alley of terrorism because of their rage and hopelessness at poverty, injustice and national oppression. They may use the language of religious fanaticism, but this is a symptom rather than a cause of the situation they are in.

A 'war on poverty', an end to imperial adventures and the return of the huge wealth in natural resources to the people unfortunate enough to live above them might begin to repair some of the damage done particularly in the last two decades of Western interference in the Middle East. Until then I fear that the backlash we have seen so far is only a small taste of upheavals yet to come in that region.

7 Comments:

At 6:34 PM, Blogger Comrade_Smirnoff said...

Surely to get wound up about the treatment of a book is a bit barmy. I mean for crying out loud, if I were in a concentration camp I'd be more worried about having teeth pulled out, or pins stuck in my testicles than having to witness the defacing of a book.

 
At 9:34 AM, Blogger Thinking Nurse said...

I think I made my own views on this clear in my post, however, history shows that political elites who start by destroying books also become very destructive toward peoples.

Interrogation techniques, both at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib were specifically designed to offend Arab and Moslem sensibilities - the use of dogs, the re-enactment of homosexual acts and the use of blasphemy were considered to be effective methods of breaking down an enemy suspect.

In reality, once knowledge of what has been going on spread, they are proving to be even more effective methods of recruiting more terrorists.

 
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