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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

About Oppression

There has been a lot of talk lately about Oppression. In class we were asked what we thought about Oppression, but I have seen encounters even on the news and the internet.

To me the way the Iraqi prisoners were treated could be considered Oppression. They were tortured and in some ways used for the pleasure of the soldiers stationed there. At the same time, the Prisoners of War were oppressed as well by the Iraqi citizens.

Here in America, Slavery was an extreme form of Oppression.

The www.oppression.org website says this about the Oppression. "There was once was a battle between good and evil, between the virtuous and the wicked, between head of virtue and the head of impiety. There once rose a man who championed the rights of the oppressed; a man who stood against corruption and the destruction of human rights. He and his band of seventy-two rose against an army of thousands, creating a historical symbol of unity and struggle against evil, injustice, and oppression. This stance was reminiscent to Moses against Pharaoh, David against Goliath, John the Baptist against Herod, Christ before Pontius Pilate, and Muhammad against Abu Jahl and Abu Sufyan. This man was Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the last of Prophet of Islam, Muhammad al Mustafa. "

Oppression is something extreme. It is something cruel. The above quote comes from an article called a "Cycle of Oppression." This is true, I believe that Oppression is cyclic. Histroy tends to repeat itself. It is our job as human beings to stop this from happening. To torture someone or to cause someone physical harm is wrong. Sexual Abuse, Kidnapping, Murder, Domestic Violence are all various forms of Oppression. The govermment has many punishments for people who cause someone harm, but they are not strict enough. A first account of Violence only puts someone in jail for 30 hrs. to a few days. That person then gets out of jail and starts the vicious cycle over again. We need to figure out a way to stop this from happening. This our job to consider these acts of Oppression seriously and make some drastic changes in the judicial system.

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