Monday, November 21, 2005

The Heart of Darkness 

Imagine a place that is run entirely by US troops, but the US president claims is under Cuban jurisdiction. The Cubans, meanwhile, are not allowed access to the place, and refuse payment on the "loan-in-perpetuity" that leases the place to the US. Meanwhile, 500 men, without trial or charge, have been held prisoner--and most of them tortured psychologically, if not overtly physically--for four years. As the second hunger strike enlists perhaps 40% of these men, they know they will soon be intravenously fed to keep them from dying. And the UN is denied free access to the place.

It's called Guantanamo. And your tax dollars are paying for it. If you are paying taxes in the US, you are paying for these people to be tortured. Worse, with your little tax refund, you are making your children pay tomorrow for these people to be tortured today. How about you bring this up during the Prayers of Intercession this weekend?

[In case you wonder who Jesus would torture, the answer is no one. 1 Peter 3:9. As Green Day notes, the Jesus of Suburbia is a lie. Anyone driving an SUV around with a little Jesus fish engulfing a Darwin fish is a hypocrite. Evolution only increases the wonder of the universe, coward. Besides, Jesus would walk or catch a tram. So, do the right thing. Send the little tax refund "W" sends you to Amnesty International. That's who Jesus would support.]

Joseph Conrad knew the heart of darkness that can exist in a jungle. Behind the barbed wire in the steaming, festering, humid jungle of Cuba, lies the horror. The horror. And it's got your name written all over it.


Sunday, November 20, 2005

Iraqi WMDs 

As discussed before on The Byte, the WMDs in Iraq are American made. As in depleted uranium.

Matthew, 31, decided that since he’d spent much of his time in Iraq lugging around DU-damaged equipment, he’d better get tested too. It turned out he was the most contaminated of them all.

Matthew immediately urged his wife to get an ultrasound check of their unborn baby. They discovered the fetus had a condition common to those with radioactive exposure: atypical syndactyly. The right hand had only two digits.

Who'd have thought a good way to get rid of radioactive waste was to use it in weaponry? How is this any different from a "dirty bomb"?


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