Congress Supports Torture and Terror

As long as it happens to South Americans, its good for us, right?


RickB has the dirt:

here is the report:

214 Members of Congress missed the chance to stand up for human rights, justice and democracy, and voted to keep the funding for the SOA/WHINSEC flowing.

What is the SOA (emphasis mine)?

If you don’t know what SOA/WHINSEC is, basically it’s where the empire trains aligned latin nations police and military on how to torture and kill enemies to maintain imperial order:

The School of the Americas (SOA), in 2001 renamed the “Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation,” is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Over its 59 years, the SOA has trained over 60,000 Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques, sniper training, commando and psychological warfare, military intelligence and interrogation tactics. These graduates have consistently used their skills to wage a war against their own people. Among those targeted by SOA graduates are educators, union organizers, religious workers, student leaders, and others who work for the rights of the poor. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans have been tortured, raped, assassinated, “disappeared,” massacred, and forced into refugee by those trained at the School of Assassins.

This is brutal.  It is the politics of empire at any cost.

No party should support this, but especially not Democrats.  The DNC should withdraw all support for the traitors who voted for this.  Mask of Anarchy has a list of the Democrats who voted yes.  Why not write them a letter thanking them for doing their best to make torture a bipartisan issue.


The Pope Digs Colonization

The Pope thinks the natives of the Americas were “silently longing” for their own conquest. Via Amanda of Pandagon:

From Tapped, it appears that the Pope is making it very clear that the Church under his watch will be honoring the ugliest elements of its history.

In a speech to Latin American and Caribbean bishops at the end of a visit to Brazil, the Pope said the Church had not imposed itself on the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

They had welcomed the arrival of European priests at the time of the conquest as they were “silently longing” for Christianity, he said.

Silently longing for that lovely choice: “Bible or sword sir? Very good, a wise choice sir…”. Colonization was simply a delectable period in history when indigenous peoples threw themselves at the feet of European settlers hoping for religion and/or violence. Getting your hands thoroughly pierced was very much in vogue:

Columbus also imposed a tribute system similar to that of the Aztec on the mainland. The natives in Cicao on Haiti all those above 14 years of age were required to find a certain quota of gold, to be signified by a token placed around their necks. Those who failed to reach their quota would have their hands chopped off.

You see, everyone secretly wants to be Christian, regardless of what they say:

Yep, the Pope said that people’s mouths might be saying “no” to forced conversion, but their eyes were saying “yes”. Thank god for the white man to show those brown people the way.

Plus they dressed culturally slutty.

Thankfully the Pope’s words  are not being greeted with roses (Reuters):

Pope Benedict not only upset many Indians but also Catholic priests who have joined their struggle, said Sandro Tuxa, who heads the movement of northeastern tribes.

“We repudiate the Pope’s comments,” Tuxa said. “To say the cultural decimation of our people represents a purification is offensive, and frankly, frightening.

Very frightening.  To gloss over the deaths and suffering of millions and frame one religion forcing itself on a people as being in any way desirable only extends suffering and cast a dark pallor over those who continue to die for their beliefs today.  It reveals a single-mindedness that really doesn’t consider earthly loss as important as perceived heavenly gain.  That ignorant view of human value lead directly to many deaths at the hands of the Church.

Even the Catholic Church’s own Indian advocacy group in Brazil, known as Cimi, distanced itself from the Pope.

“The Pope doesn’t understand the reality of the Indians here, his statement was wrong and indefensible,” Cimi advisor Father Paulo Suess told Reuters. “I too was upset.”

The Pope has disgraced his own religious tradition and the nobility and love that has come out of it.  Members of the Church who have agitated on behalf of the poor and the weak, who have stood up for peace and religious freedom.  Christians are killed for their beliefs in this day and age, and to endorse the blood of the conquests for the mind share of conversion insults their memory.  The Catholics standing up to the Pope’s statements honors the memory of Catholics past who have stood for what is right in this world.

Conversion by the sword is never anything other than tyranny.  It is to be condemned with all one’s might.