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Crimes That Are Never Punished

As we are coming up on the twentieth anniversary of the 911 attacks, where aircraft were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center of New York and the Pentagon, and the aftermath of those attacks, the networks have been showing some interesting features. CNN is running the 911 documentary that was created by two French filmmakers who were actually doing a documentary about a young New York City firefighter at the time and ended right at the center of the Twin Towers when they came down. HBO is showing the Spike Lee Joint on 911. Plus, the new film, The Mauritanian, starring Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, and Shailene Woodley, has just been released on Showtime. Combine this with the debacle that was unleashed by the Biden administration with the evacuation of U.S. citizens and allies from Afghanistan, (which was initially based on the 911 attacks), that has been on all the news channels, and one truly gets to view an exactingly profile of what happens to people’s lives when bad things are done to good people.

Certainly, when the 911 attack occurred, I was glued to the TV. I watched live as the second tower was hit and, like those on the ground and those watching across the globe, I witnessed the hands of destruction in real time. Lives were lost and for what reason?

Watching the end to the war in Afghanistan on the news and the impact that took place on 911 and then to view a theatrical portrayal of events of the aftermath of 911 in, The Mauritanian, one can truly witnesses the bad things that people do and what occurs from these actions. But, how many bad things are done where the person who did them received no punishment? Yes, the terrorists who flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon died along with the crew and the passengers on that flight. But, what punishment was that? They made a choice and were promised to enter a glorious heaven as a martyr. The crew and passengers made no such deal! Yeah, Osama bin Laden was eventually tracked down and killed but what punishment is a rapid death?

Then, you look to what the U.S. did to the prisoner, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, (and others) as portrayed in, The Mauritanian, and you see that even political entities that are purported to do the, “Right Thing,” are very vicious in their applications.

I had read the book, Guantánamo Diary, written by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, when it was first released. Then, like now, (watching the film loosely based on that book), I was ashamed at what the U.S. is capable of doing. What the Bush, Rumsfeld, and Cheney power structure did with their enhanced interrogations, that was nothing less than torture, was (or at least should be) below all that the United States stands for. This torture is what occurred to Mohamedou Ould Slahi and countless others at Gitmo and, at least to some degree, is still going on. Mohamedou Ould Slahi was held for many years without ever being able to see a judge, then, when he was found not guilty, the Obama administration fought his freedom for three years. WRONG!

When you watch the film, The Mauritanian, you see, in some small part, the way a gang attacks an individual. In this case, the gang was the U.S.military and its associates like the CIA. These attacks are always based in one person or a group knowing that they have the advantage over another person or persons. Meaning, it is never a fair fight. I saw this kind of activity all the time growing up. In some cases, a person who I thought was a friend, completely changed their stripes and went on the attack the moment they were with an undefeatable power structure. That’s what the U.S. military did at Gitmo.

I mean, look around you… Who attacks who? Isn’t it always the person with the advantage? Isn’t it always the person who knows they can’t be counter punched in self-defense. Meaning, the people who do this kind of stuff are cowards.

We all hated what occurred on 911. It was wrong! But, those who attacked possessed a belief that they were fighting back against an undefeatable bully. Isn’t that what Gorilla Warfare is based upon? But, what they did, as wrong as it was, should not have been met with individualize torture focused on one person. How does that change anything? How does a gang attacking a defenseless (eventually proven innocent) person equal just punishment or the righting of a wrong on any level?

Today, we can look at the catastrophe taking place in Afghanistan, brought about the poor decisions of a bully-power and a Commander-in-Chief who did not stand up for what was right. People are being killing and their lives are being destroyed simply due to a president who wishes to wash his hands of a problem that he had a large part in creating. That’s the problem with a position of power. They are
in a position of power. They are a bully. They can do whatever they want. Even when what they want and what they command be done is wrong.

In the Spike Lee Joint on 911 you get to see a lot of people who stepped up to the plate and did the right thing. That is the
right thing. Do the right thing. When someone needs help, help. Even when that help does nothing for you.

Just as what is right is right, what is wrong is wrong. A lot of people do a lot of wrong things and they get away with it while others, the small components in the extravaganza, get tortured.

A country is only a good as its worst doings. A religion is only as good as its worse doings. You are only as good as your worst doings. Do you support the bad? Do you turn and look away when the gang you are in is doing something bad? Or, do you stop the hurting and stand up for the right?

There are a lot of people who have done a lot of bad things throughout the history of humanity. But, it all begins with one person suggesting one thing and then the all-powerful gang following through with that idea.

All bad begins with one idea. All bad-doing begins with one person doing one bad thing. You can make a choice. You can stop the bad which then equals the good.

Good begins with you and it never involves attacking, hurting, or torturing someone who had nothing to do with anything.