"Upon your conduct and courage, and that of the officers and soldiers detailed on this expedition, not only the success of the present enterprise, and your own honor, but the safety and welfare of the whole continent, may depend. I charge you, therefore, and the officers and soldiers under your command, as you value your own safety and honor, and the favor and esteem of your country, that you consider yourselves as marching, not through the country of an enemy, but of our friends and brethren; ... and that you check, by every motive of duty and fear of punishment, every attempt to plunder or insult the inhabitants... Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any Canadian or Indian, in his person or property, I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment, as the enormity of the crime may require. Should it extend to death itself, it will not be disproportioned to its guilt, at such a time, and in such a cause.What would George Washington say about the actions of George W. Bush and his Republican minions?
I also give in charge to you, to avoid all disrespect to the religion of the country and its ceremonies. While we are contending for our own liberty, we should be very cautious not to violate the rights of conscience in others, ever considering that God alone is the judge of the hearts of men, and to him only, in this case, are they answerable."
- General George Washington, 1775
Friday, February 01, 2008
Guest Post: From George Washington
I will let the Father of our Country speak for me in response to the unpardonable behavior of his successor George and the present Attorney General, Michael Mukasey, who testified before Congress this week and could not bring himself to say that aborted drowning of prisoners of war is torture: