Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Lindhs parents appeal for mercy: Lindh moved to solitary

John Walker Lindh has been moved to a maximum security prison in Colorado and is being held in solitary confinement. This change in Lindh's status, after 4 1/2 years in more lenient conditions, came after his parents appealed to the President to commute the 20 year sentence their son is serving.

But what did they expect?! Black is white for this administration, up is down, backwards is forwards etc, etc, etc... An appeal for mercy would naturally be taken as a good reason to make the terms of imprisonment harsher. Duh! The parents should have requested that Lindh be executed... that would probably have caused this Alice in Wonderland administration to declare his parents home a halfway house and move him there for the duration of his term.

The logic employed by Lindh's parents is entirely valid. Australian David Hicks was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment to be served in Australia for essentially the same charge that Lindh plead guilty to. This sentence was sanctioned by the Administration, and was an obvious political favor for the Australian Prime Minister. The logic of having the administration give an Australian leniency because of politics, while holding an American for years on end, and then worsening the condition he is held under when approached for leniency, simply cannot be fathomed. It seems I think that an awful lot about this horrible administration lately... More and more they simply can not be fathomed.

Actually it can be fathomed if you consider the type of people who would do that. I think George Bush is the ultimate bully, given ultimate power, and using it to arbitrarily mete undue torment on those who he controls. When I consider the mindset that a bully works under it fits President Bush nearly to a tee. He is petulant, quick to anger, can not be reasoned with, convinced of his own infallibility, surrounded by yes men, and determined to accumulate more power for the executive branch. If he doesn't get his way Bush throws temper tantrums. This proves very difficult to avoid, because his way is nearly invariably wrong headed.

Thus we see people who give anti Bush speeches or write articles and books he does not like added to the no fly list. We see scientists who disagree with him stopped from talking. Detainees are dissapeared, tortured, and given show trials. Wars are fought for wrong headed reasons. The entire demeanor of this man is that of a blustering, insecure, dimwitted bully.

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