The base, now called Camp Commando, resides here. The history on
Camp Commando is a disturbing one. In the early 1990s, it housed Kuwait's elite commando forces, but once overrun, it became a prison
and a place of torture.
Today, artifacts from those troubled times continue to turn up --
a torture bed was found a few weeks ago. A torture bed is basically
the remains of a bed spring box with tractor or car batteries
attached to them. Douse your victim with water and you can only
imagine what would happen next.
In what now is one of many storage rooms aboard Camp Commando was
a temporary holding cell for many unfortunate Kuwaiti teachers,
doctors, civil authorities, military personnel and their families.
I had managed to put these old memories away for years, but at 2
a.m., as I walk the many different posts where my Marines stand
guard, I can't help but remember what atrocities the Iraqi Army and
Saddam Hussein were and still are responsible for.
Once again, a fire deep inside is beginning to emerge, and this
time it will stay until the man responsible is officially dealt with.