"The power you gave them to torture me, rape me ... search me naked and to present me in court, I am dead....I do not wish to preach to the choir on the issue of Aafia Siddiqui: I have blogged several times on her plight. For those of you who are unfamiliar, click on one of the following links and read the first two paragraphs in any one. My purpose here is to get those who are too busy, just living, to ask questions about their own responsibility as to their role in creating governments who have such power and such control over the media, as to inflict upon a person, that which Aafia Siddiqui has, so far, suffered.
I was dead the first time I was raped.
...I do not consider you a judge, a court!...
This country [USA]. Leave me alone or send me back to my country Pakistan."
-Dr. Aafia Siddiqui during court hearing Feb 2010
- Was neuroscientist Dr. Aafia Siddiqui raped and tortured at US Bagram prison?
- US 'dark side' raised in Pakistani scientist case
- Aafia Siddiqui - Again and again and again..
- Update - Aafia Siddiqui
- Aafia Siddiqui was indeed Prisoner 650
If the people lead, the government must follow. -anonBefore we can run we must walk, and before we walk we must crawl. First though, we must desire to move; and if in tiny episodes of awareness and compassion, we must crawl toward controlling our governments, then I hope Aafia's story is the beginning of a beginning for more and more people. A moment of curiosity is all it takes to stir the best in human nature. All that is required is a willingness to be aware.
Today is Good Friday, the day on which Jesus was crucified. Though I do not celebrate Holy Days in the traditional sense, including Easter and Christmas, I always like to have a good think about the meaning of the event the holiday commemorates.
Many people have been crucified, physically and symbolically, through abuse of power throughout history. They lie in unknown graves,vanquished and anonymous, the pain which they suffered consigned to oblivion. They have been the victims of power weilded by those who wish to rule as much of the universe as they can manage. We shall never know them all.
If the lament of Good Friday is anything, it is the sadness we feel that Jesus, duly convicted in a court of law, was executed on Good Friday for his policy of preaching love and forgiveness. Sedition was his crime. He was convicted by the people themselves and meted the horrible death He suffered, by the people.
I think this should raise some questions in our collective psyche about the individual integrity that is required for a democracy to function for 'good' instead of 'evil'.
I hope this story of Aafia awakens in us the power we possess, unused, to create a better world for our children.
Links for Aafia's recent US trial:
Justice for Aafia