Archive for July, 2008

Burying his face in his hands, a 16-year-old captured in Afghanistan sobs and calls out “Oh Mommy!” in a hidden-camera video released Tuesday that provides the first look at interrogations inside the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay.

Lawyers for Toronto-born Omar Khadr released the tapes in hopes of generating sympathy for the young prisoner and to try to persuade the Canadian government to seek custody before he is prosecuted for war crimes at the U.S. special tribunal in Guantanamo later this year.

The son of an alleged al-Qaida financier, Khadr is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. Special Forces soldier…

Khadr, who was 15 at the time, was found in the rubble of a bombed-out compound — badly wounded and near death.

The seven hours of grainy footage, recorded over four days of questioning by Canadian intelligence agents in 2003, shows Khadr breaking down in tears. At one point he pleads for help and displays chest and back wounds that he says had not healed six months after his capture.

Peeling off his orange prisoner shirt, he shows the wounds and complains he cannot move his arms, saying he has not received proper medical attention, despite requests.

“They look like they’re healing well to me,” the agent says of the injuries.

“No, I’m not. You’re not here (at Guantanamo),” says Khadr.

The agent later accuses Khadr of using his injuries and emotional state to avoid the interrogation.

This person was apparently 15 years old when U.S. forces picked him up. More on the story here and here.

Yes, Al Qaida and U.S. forces are enemies. Imagine Christ were in the interrogation room with this boy and his captors. What would he tell them to do to him? How would he tell them to treat him?

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From The Washington Post:

U.S. and NATO military officials in Afghanistan have launched investigations into three separate U.S.-led airstrikes that Afghan officials say killed at least 78 civilians this month.

More collateral damage from our obsession with violence as a way to solve our problems. If the 151 million of us Christians in the U.S. were living our faith, there’s no way policies that lead to state-backed violence could persist.

NATO protocols require high-level approval for airstrikes when civilians are known to be in or near Taliban targets. Military officials say fighters with the insurgent group commonly take up positions in civilians’ homes, mosques or schools — increasing the chances of civilian casualties. Those casualties, in turn, help the Taliban win the sympathies of locals and draw new recruits.

More terrorists being born as we ignore Christ’s commands to love our enemies and return good for evil.

Just as awful is the fact that we do not count the dead among enemy combatants on the battlefield. Not only do we not love our enemies, we can’t even be bothered to acknowledge their humanity.

This makes me so sad.