A recent MSNBC gathering of “experts” was discussing the upcoming Academy Awards when they ventured into political territory. The topic at hand: “Zero Dark Thirty,” a new movie about Osama bin Laden’s assassination and whether U.S. troops are put in danger when jihadists are tortured in order to extract information from them.
James Lipton, dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City, stated that in order to protect our soldiers from similar torture tactics by Muslim captors, we should stop all poor treatment of Islamist prisoners in U.S. custody, referring specifically to the waterboarding of three Muslim prisoners. Lipton reminded the mindless panelists of America’s own benevolent treatment of German World War II prisoners of war, treatment he said encouraged the Nazis to treat U.S. soldiers with like regard when they were captured. Huh? The Malmedy massacre, where Jewish prisoners of war were sent to slave labor camps, as well the horrors perpetrated by Nazi officers on the Western front all fly in the face of Lipton’s ridiculous, politically motivated comments. And what about the way the Japanese treated our boys in the Bataan Death March, while America returned the Japanese home after the war, or the way the Vietnamese tortured men U.S. soldiers, while their countrymen were treated to humane conditions in U.S. prisoner camps? Is there any comparing how humane Americans are compared to our enemies when it comes to battlefield captives? Yup! Only by the demented.
So why the cry from liberals about the harsh treatment of captured Muslims? It’s all about Michelle Obama’s famous statement about being not being proud of America. We must all apologize to the world for America’s brutality, our incorrigible American behavior — starting with the “illegal immigrants” who stepped off the Mayflower and Columbus’ Christian crusade against the Native Americans. One-hundred-forty-five years after the Civil War, in which an estimated 435,000 Northern troops died to abolish slavery, we are ordered to hang our heads for our shameful history of civil rights during this time.
Isn’t it about time all of us who are actual immigrants or descendants of immigrants give thanks for the home we have in this wonderful, not yet utopian country? Shouldn’t we stop knocking our past and just continue our ongoing efforts to make this land better, safer and more understanding of all people? Hey, let up a bit and enjoy the freedoms we have, which are the envy of 99.9 percent of the world. Well, that is, so far.