Torture today and torture in the past

When I was reading the news the other day, I ran across an article published by the Washington Post about the CIA secret Prisons around the world. The article
Red Cross Described ‘Torture’ at CIA Jails
Describes the treatment these victims (‘terrorist suspects’) were being subjected to:

“… During interrogations, the captives were routinely beaten, doused with cold water and slammed head-first into walls. Between sessions, they were stripped of clothing, bombarded with loud music, exposed to cold temperatures, and deprived
of sleep and solid food for days on end. Some detainees described being forced to stand for days, with their arms shackled above them, wearing only diapers.”

When I read about such harsh, evil, monsters treatment of victims during the war, I wonder how we can still do so today while saying that time has changed and that the Powerful nations would not allow for such evil acts to take place. Interestingly, the big nations that claim to be the police of the world seem to be leaders at such monsters acts against humanity and against human beings. It strikes me so much that when I read Night I realize that such behaviors have left a deep wound in the hearts of the victims–a deep scar that still has its noticeable mark until today.

“We had to throw our clothes at one end of the barracks. There was already a great heap there. New suits and old, torn coats, rags. For us, this was the trae equality: nakedness. Shivering with the cold” (Wiesel 33).

The Red Cross report, according to the article describes the treatment:

” some U.S. practices amounted to “cruel,
inhuman or degrading treatment.” Such maltreatment of detainees is expressly prohibited by the Geneva Conventions.”

Another article that I read discusses the release of a video about five British Detainees that were detained by some faction in Iraq in 2007:
New video shows Briton kidnapped in Iraq in 2007
The article talks about some five British men who were detained by some faction in Iraq in 2007, and they are still in detainment. One of the detainees, Peter Moore, is quoted in the video asking the British government to accept the prisoner swap saying:

“It’s as simple as that, … It’s a simple exchange of people.”

The faction is holding the British men demanding the release of nine of their members—including a leader of theirs in exchange for the British detainees. You would think me feeling sorry for the five men only. No, I am feeling sorry for the five men just as I am feeling sorry for every detainee who is detained including the nine people who are being demanded in exchange. Why, after all, would we allow people to suffer detainment when we can simply rescue them through a prisoner exchange? Regardless what they are, they remain humans, and the charge of terrorism against them remains subjective—controversial as they view themselves as resistance against the ‘occupiers’ of their country.
Labeling people as “terrorists” to torture them reminds me of what Germany (the Nazis) did to the Jews in world war II when they, too, accused the Jews of various crimes that had nothing to do with the truth. Evidently, the same method that was utilized during World War II is still being used today, as if one label “terrorists” can give us an excuse to torture people as if they were feelingless creatures. It may sound strange to compare the past during WWII to the present with the secret CIA prisons and declared prisons like Gittmo (thank God President Obama is closing it). It is difficult to believe that we have not learned yet, and while criticizing Nazis for their monstrous behaviors during WWII, torture is still being done, and many of the torture methods are still the same.
We do not seem to learn and here we are victimizing (and allowing the victimization) of more human beings to go through the same struggles, which shall leave its scars in these victims’ hearts for some long time to come. I am frightfully imagining the world some thirty years from today, and I can see the future generations reading books about Gittmo and the CIA secret prisons and about the torture methods that they used against “terrorist suspects.” It is horrifying to think that the future generations would be saying about these prisons the same things (or similar things) as we do today about the Nazis. It seems to me that as time advances, people stay the same, and all that was done in the past (torture and massive killing) can happen again, while condemning the Nazis and the terrorists of the past, as if we are acting better than they did.

Sources:

Red Cross Described ‘Torture’ at CIA Jails

New video shows Briton kidnapped in Iraq in 2007

Elie Wiesel’s “Night”

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