Upon reflection, I realize that I didn't write nearly clearly enough about how disgusted I am at this behavior from our miliary in Iraq. So let me make it a bit more clear.
We left a note for the Iraqi lieutenant general we were trying to capture. It said, "If you want your family released, turn yourself in."
2. The following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever, whether committed by civilian or by military agents:
(a) Violence to the life, health, or physical or mental well-being of persons, in particular:
(i) Murder;(b) Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment, enforced prostitution and any form of indecent assault;
(ii) Torture of all kinds, whether physical or mental;
(iii) Corporal punishment ; and
(c) The taking of hostages;
(d) Collective punishments; and
(e) Threats to commit any of the foregoing acts.
Why isn't anyone being courtmartialed over this? Why aren't there articles on the front pages of major newspapers? Is this really the way we want our military to behave? We're a democracy. That means that we, the citizens, are responsible for the actions of our government!