Who Will Tell Their Story?
By: Carolyn Hileman
Today a supposed documentary about Guantanamo is being released to the public, once again the public will be privy to the reasons we needed to be attacked. Once again they will hold our troops up for condemnation and humiliation. Once again we will be enthralled by the violence the unfairness of war. Is this documentary meant to bring to consciousness the reality of war? I think not, it is meant as all of the ones before to bring shame and humiliation on our country and our troops.
I doubt that anyone will ever tell the story of the men who were tortured and killed by the enemy since we are the enemy. We are after all the ones who flew the planes into buildings and killed three thousand innocent people, and we are the ones who cut off the heads of our detainees. If you don’t believe me just ask any newsman or woman they will tell you just how brutal we awful Americans really are. I wonder if those two brave men wondered why they were being tortured for a country that hates them? I wonder if they ever thought about the people back home who think they were murderers before they were killed? I wonder what they would have thought about this new documentary, would they have approved?
But we will never know how they felt, because what they feel and think does not count in this war of propaganda. It does not matter to anyone what these men have been through unless they are wanting to go home because their recruiter didn’t tell them they would have to kill someone. You see if they are not telling everyone within ear shot that they were forced to do this and tricked into it not one single person want to hear what they have to say. It doesn’t make good media if they say things like they feel like they are accomplishing something over there. It isn’t a good headline if they help build a school or bring food to people It only matters when they make a mistake or one of the bad apples are in the spotlight.
They will never do a documentary about those two gentlemen’s life, what led them to join this all voluntary military. They will not look into the hardships that their families had to endure because of the limited pay and benefits. They will not ask if they had children, or a wife who is mourning their death, because their lives are dispensable, they think that we can get at least another hundred thousand fools who will give their lives for a country that to them is not worth the sweat on their brow. They do not consider these men heroes, they consider them someone who could not do any better in life so they chose the easy way out. They honestly believe that they are superior to these people simply because they have a job that pays more and they don’t have to get shot at.
What a wonderful way to thank our troops, tell them what they are fighting for is a lie and what they are doing is not good enough. What a wonderful way to honor the lives of two men who were tortured to death by opening a documentary about how America supposedly tortures its prisoners. It makes you wonder where these brave men and women come from, since if you were to listen to the media this country is not worth fighting for. They are taught in school that America is a horrible place and its people are immoral thieves who took land away from everyone. So why sign up? Why put your life on the line? Why believe in anything anymore? Why try to protect a country that could care less about you? Why hold out hope of it ever changing, when they would much rather tell the story of three three Muslim British nationals, than the story of two brave American men? While there have been news people clamoring to get stories true or not coming out of these prisons, not one has even bothered to ask about these two men or any of the others like them so one has to wonder, who will tell their story?
â€œIf ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.â€ â€“Samuel Adams
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