It is folly to suggest sinking to an opponent's lowest level of
behavior has any positive merit. Would you shoot up heroin to 'do as
the enemy does' in a "war on drugs?" Get a lobotomy to 'match the
enemy' in a "war on illiteracy?" Burn your posessions to win a "war on
So pull people's fingernails off to stop global "fingernail pulling-off?"
Your words, suggesting that feelings of revenge may yet haunt you, are
well taken nonetheless. I speak as one who, though certainly by
entirely different means than yourself, has suffered physiologically
much as you have. I forgave those who abused me and made cause of my
own many years of intense suffering, to their faces. They were stunned
and I was lifted on high in the spirit. I have left a better community
in my wake by this, rather than if I had attempted to exact revenge,
which I was most certainly entitled to do under the "law."
Anyone who engages in such behavior as you were subjected to is in for
a judgment that exceeds anything that can can be doled out by the hamd
of man. (The Chinese doctor better showed the way, and for him there
is hope) We must be careful as to what general direction we take the
course of our affairs in this world. All this talk of tit-for-tat
torture looks to me like we're collectively losing brain cells as a
We should never forget you should not have been in Korea in the first
place. It is always the comfortable, elite "leaders" who bear the full
blame for unnecessary wars, not you and the Korean grunts who were
forced to violently abuse one another as a result of the folly of
Bertrand Russell put it thusly:
"All this madness, all this rage, all this flaming death of our
civilization and our hopes, has been brought about because a set of
official gentlemen, living luxurious lives, mostly stupid, and all
without imagination or heart, have chosen that it should occur rather
than that any one of them should suffer some infinitesimal rebuff to
his country's pride."
The Koreans who beat you were morons, whipped up in a vacuum of
information to become so violent, on faulty, simplistic idealogical
grounds. They are to be forgiven, if they have ever come to their
senses and repented. But should we eject our tenuous grasp on the
higher awareness of God and His righteouslness as an expediency in a
(bogus, mind you) "war on terror?" Creating terror to eliminate
terror, heaven help us.
I would have hoped America would not walk a path of regret and ruin.
Alas, we are not walking it, we're racing in Mark Martin's #6 "Viagra"
Ford on the straight track to Armageddon. Looks like we're about to
"Weapons of mass destruction," eh? Check this out:
If you can take comfort in that we are toasting women, children and
other innocents indescriminantly, with phosphorus, napalm and who
knows what new gizmos they are using, (like depleted uranium) so be
it. If you can live with mankind's greatest achievement in duplicity,
so be it. If you can live comfortably by shutting off all discernment
between truth and lies, both in this world and from on higher places,
so be it. I tolerate none of these things.
We are indeed already torturing many around the world, this talk
publicly of late is merely the media coming out party for the
justification of torture, to establish among the American moron
faction that this new behavioral low is the accepted norm.
--- In email@example.com, "recowger" <recowger@a...> wrote:
> I was captured during the Korean War by the North Korean troops.
> It was well known that anyone who was sargent or above was
immediately killed. I was dressed in a pair of fatigues with no
insignia or unit or rank.
> I had been bayonetted in the arm.
> The North Koreans took me into a room where they began to beat the
living hell out me. Both shoulders were beaten with 1 inch bamboo
poles, both elbows, my hands, my thumbs were bent backward until
broken. Then to my ribs so that it hurt me to breath. I have two ribs
extra that float around. My genitals were beaten. My hips, my knees,
my shins in front, my angles and both feet. The beating broke my arch
on my right foot.
> A Chinese officer walked through the room, and I asked him for
assistance. He understood english, and ordered that I be taken to a
chinese doctor for treatment. The North Koreans started screaming at
him until he pulled his pistol and threatened to shoot all of them.
They took me to the doctor. He removed my boot and examined my foot.
> He said "Yes, its broken" in perfect english. When I recoiled he
said "I got my MD frm Stanford". He bandaged the foot, treated the
worst bleeding of the wounds from the beating. And suggested that I
> I was fortunate, I did get to escape and killed two of my guards.
Took their food, a jacket and walked 30 some miles back to the UN
> There I was returned to my unit.
> Now, if you have never been captured you cannot understand how badly
Americans are treated. I believe that we should treat the captors
when we capture them in the same manner as they treat our troops.
> Hmm. That gives us the option of beheading them.
> Think it over and not just react.