Defecation on prisoners, crushing of private parts of detainees and relentless torture for hours. These are the unspeakable atrocities that the people in these cells are put through. And why?
I cannot count the number of times that stories about Abu Ghraib, Guatanamo bay and many other such detention facilities have made news. Definitely not for the right reason.
State machinery explains these as unfounded accusations aimed at tarnishing the image of the western countries. But how often can people go wrong? How often can such claims surface without even the least shred of truth?
A couple of years ago, there was a big noise about the actions of American soldiers in Iraq. The video footage released at the time cannot even be described because thats the level of grotesque torture that these people were exposed to.
But after that big noise what happened? Was something done to really stop this from happening. Clearly not, because more such accusations surfaced. Aren’t we terrorising these detainees into meek submission. Does that not make us terrorists too?
It is easy to get carried away in the anger of the moment and try to channel all the frustration on these people. But aren’t we just creating another generation of terrorists, deadlier than ever, powered by the zest of vengeance?
Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that we should hug and forget the gross atrocities committed by people in prisons such as these. But we must also never forget that we are human.
It is not our right to inflict harm on another person’s life. It makes us even more barbaric than the animal world, which has accepted preying and being preyed on as a way of life.
This is supposed to be an era of positive growth. But how are we to acheive that if we continue to regress into a world of violence and destruction?