The above political cartoon appeared recently in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Its creator, Mike Luckovich apparently now thinks the United States is comparable to Al Qaeda in the realm of torture. If the very thought of that doesn't turn your stomach then I wonder about you.
While the majority of Americans do not feel the same as Mr. Luckovich, a suprising number do. This sentiment echoes that of Ward Churchill, the embattled University of Colorado professor who compared the victims of the 9/11 attacks with Nazis. That's as asinine a statement as anyone could make, but Churchill stands proudly by it. Even when he's being terminated from his job at Colorado (although the listed reason for his suggested termination is academic misconduct.)
Churchill yesterday on FoxNews Channel's Hannity and Colmes show continued to compare American soldiers to Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. Even when Shawn Hannity (rightly) said that there is no comparison between placing underwear on a prisoner's head (as was the case at Gitmo) and the stacks of dead bodies that Hussein had dumped in mass graves. Churchill was belligerent in saying sodomizing prisoners is just as bad.
There's a valid point in Churchill's mad ravings. We should be as outraged as he is when our soldiers treat prisoners like that. As Americans we have a right to expect better behavior and we should expect our soldiers to be above such disgraceful conduct. But saying that behavior is comparable to beheadings, torture rooms, gas chambers, and mass graves is just ridiculous.
Luckovich said his only regret about the above cartoon was that he should have waited a bit longer after two American soldiers were found savegely beaten and murdered in Iraq. Gee Mikey, ya think?
Freedom of speech is a great thing. No one should be thrown in jail for expressing a dissenting opinion. I believe dissension is not only acceptable, but necessary in a democratic society. However, there are consequences to such actions as Mr. Luckovich and Mr. Churchill have displayed. I'm glad Churchill is losing his job as easily as he's lost his mind. I would love to see Mr. Luckovich lose his as well, but I know the AJC better than that. But I hope advertising and subscriptions to the AJC drop like a stone.