Monday, July 20, 2009

US Soldier Captured by Taliban

A US soldier was captured in late June by Taliban forces in Afghanistan and a recent video has surfaced showing the soldier eating and being interviewed by his captors. The video can be seen here. Shortly after the video release, commentators, pundits, and political officials condemned the Taliban for the soldier's treatment and exploitation. While the soldier's capture is lamentable, especially after hearing reports that he may have been drunk when captured, it is hard to take seriously any US official scolding the Taliban for "exploiting" this soldier considering the litany of immoral, brutal, and illegal acts committed by the US in the name of fighting terrorism. We all hope this soldier will be treated humanely and released. But after what our government has done to terror suspects, many of whom have turned out to be innocent, how can we expect the Taliban to do any better?

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