Was He Captured?


The American soldier “captured”* by the Taliban has been identified as Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion,5973_105839085749_105831760749_2004365_6932706_t 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska.

The propoganda video released by the Taliban, below, is – for lack of a better word – troubling. Troubling in two ways: First, it conjurs images of Vietnam and the propoganda videos disseminated at that time; Secondly, and more importantly, are concerns that Pfc Bergdahl will undergo painful, humiliating, and disturbing interrogations by the Taliban.

Precisely why I, and many others, are concerned by the precedents set by our own country during the Bush Administration regarding torture. As I’ve documented before, Iran has waterboarded it’s own citizens.

How can we protest if this young man is tortured by the Taliban?

* In case you noticed, I placed the word “captured” between quotes. Why? Apparently, Bergdahl wasn’t actually captured. From the news report:

The circumstances of Bergdahl’s capture weren’t clear.

On July 2, two U.S. officials told the AP the soldier had “just walked off” his base with three Afghans after his shift. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record.

I can only hope there’s not more to this than what we’re being told.

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4 responses »

  1. Pingback: Bowe Bergdahl: Is It True? « Welcome to My World

  2. Mike..

    …”However, there is obviously something up here, This soldier just couldn’t have walked off base, he would have had to sneak away. And now he gets to make videos? I’m not sure he is a prisoner, at least not the traditional kind. For one thing, he lived long enough to make that video, and it didn’t end in his beheading”…

    I hope for your sake you are right and he has faked it..b/c if it turns out you are wrong… you’ll deserve the same shame as Fox News..

  3. Every other soldier who had been captured by Islamist forces has been tortured and beheaded. I don’t think waterboarding would effect their treatment of our soldiers one way or the other, so I would say that point is totally invalid.

    However, there is obviously something up here, This soldier just couldn’t have walked off base, he would have had to sneak away. And now he gets to make videos? I’m not sure he is a prisoner, at least not the traditional kind. For one thing, he lived long enough to make that video, and it didn’t end in his beheading.

  4. Of course there is more to it than what we are being told, that’s the scary part. You’re right about our history with torture, that’s a valid point to ponder in this situation. Feels different when the shoe is on the other foot.

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