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Sent: Sunday, May 09, 2004 3:02 PM
Subject: Response to The United Asian's open letter to President Bush
You are right, there are only a few bad GIs involved in the "torture and
abuse of Iraqi detainees." You demand those soldiers who abused the
detainees be punished. You also demand that Mr. Rumsfeld resign over actions
taken by a handful of soldiers who deserve to be punished for their actions.
Under the Universal Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), the military law under
which all US military personnel are held accountable, the investigation
leading to legal action commenced as soon as this incident, and all related
matters, was discovered. That is the way the system works. Yes, it takes
time and the public does not see the process as it is being worked through;
however, that is the way the system works.
The Geneva Convention is supposed to apply to the protection of American
citizens as well as citizens from other counties. What is very troubling to
me is the fact that under the Geneva Convention you have not condemned the
Iraqis for their shameful torture, abuse and mutilation of American
POWs/detainees that occurred before the incident that concerns you took
place. That torture, abuse and mutilation was equally well documented and
publicized by the same news media that showed the world the incident you
reference. The treatment of American prisoners/detainees at the hand of the
Iraqis was far worse - more horrific and conducted over a much longer period
of time by a larger number of Iraqi troops - than anything done to the Iraqi
detainees by US personnel. Under the Geneva Convention this is a War Crime.
There has been no public uproar made over the pure out and out butchery of
American citizens by Iraqi forces. Further, there has been no demand to hold
those individuals and their military commanders accountable for their
actions committed against US POWs, either nationally or internationally.
Under the Geneva Convention this is a War Crime.
In addition, there has been no outcry or condemnation of the Iraqis for the
repeated rapes committed against the two American female POWs, one of whom
was in an Iraqi hospital with multiple broken bones at the time the rapes
occurred and the other who was wounded-in-action and suffered this abuse
beginning shortly after capture. Under the Geneva Convention this is a War
Another serious violation of the Geneva Convention that has been totally
ignored is the execution of 5 Prisoners of War whose bodies were among those
recovered at the time Jessica Lynch was rescued. Those 5 young Americans
suffered a bullet to the head that was inflicted at very close range and
equates to yet another incident in which the media and the world body
chooses to turn a blind eye just because the victims were Americans. Under
the Geneva Convention this is a War Crime.
Where were you, and everyone else for that matter, when those incidents took
place? Where was/is the indignant outcry on behalf US soldiers and civilians
who were brutalized and murdered by Iraqi military personnel? Who is
demanding that they be held accountable for their actions in the same manner
that you demand President Bush take action on behalf of Iraqi detainees? Why
This has nothing to do with politics, political parties, or government
personalities. It has everything to do with human rights and the protection
provided by the Geneva Convention for everyone, not a select few.
If you are going to condemn one side for its personnel's behavior, you had
better do the same to the other side. Selective criticism based on hypocrisy
only serves evil, not good.
Think about it.
Patricia B. Hopper, Chairman
Task Force Omega, Inc.
Sent: Saturday, May 08, 2004 8:53 PM
Subject: America's Shameful New Image under Rumsfeld leadership. The United
Asian Is Denouncing Torture & Abuse of Iraqi Detainees. In my opinion, it's
time for our Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to step down
Dear Mr. President Bush,
America's Shameful New Image under Rumsfeld leadership. The United
Asian Is Denouncing Torture & Abuse of Iraqi Detainees. In my
opinion, it's time for our Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to step
down. He failed as a leader and shamed our country around the world.
There is no justification for keeping his job.
Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War
We want these GIs who abused prisoners should be punished severely.
They should know that no one in this great nation would be above the
International Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of
Prisoners of War Law and the law of the land even the President of
the United States.
The United Asian would like you to keep open-mind because these are
only a few bad GIs act on his or her own. Please do not condemn all
I believe that our President Bush did the right thing by apologizing
for abuse of Iraqi prisoners on the world TV and hope that Bush will
do the right thing by bringing these GIs home safely to his or her
family after June 30 hand-over date.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
President, United Asian
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