My family emigrated to the US in the early 80s. A few years later we obtained US citizenship and what a happy and proud day that was. After 20 years in the US, I moved to the ME. Now I am seriously considering renouncing my US citizenship. Americans living back home may be successful in wearing blindfolds and getting their world view from FOX News and CNN – and even CNBC does not bring the truth and nothing but the truth. Or the newspapers that follow government guidelines.
But Americans overseas are more aware of the truth and when it was said that publishing the torture report was going to put Americans lives overseas in danger we were not worried at all. The findings in the torture report are common knowledge in the ME, nobody here was surprised by the contents of the report. Therefore the lack of masses stampeding to attack the US embassies, as fear mongers would have us believe. Nobody in the US media seems to wonder about that? A few cartoons led to mass uprisings but people just shrugged when the CIA report came out because for them it was old news. At best they were surprised at the uproar it created back home in the US.
What is really sad is that both the US and Israel constantly get away with committing war crimes while sitting in judgement over other countries that wreak much less havoc in the world. I am ashamed and I am angry that by force of my citizenship and my right to vote I may be considered part of this. Most of all, I am just sad that the US and Israel, both countries that started out as a solution to end human suffering and persecution and torture have now become the biggest protagonists for the abuse of power.