The Need For Judgment


Roger Berkowitz discusses the many ways in which the media and people in general avoid speaking truth to power, and calling a spade a spade.  His thesis that we are beginning to lose our true moral stature as a nation by tip-toeing around the idea of setting blame and exacting retribution is very much in line with mine.

If you disagree, that’s find.  Feel free to remark in whatever way you like.  However, since I have nothing left to say on the subject, don’t expect much in the way of a response — especially if the only way you consider applying justice is to white Americans with your brand of politics.

“…seven years after the first death by torture in the war on terror, six years after the photos from Abu Ghraib, two years after Vice President Dick Cheney admitted that he personally authorized waterboarding and other techniques of torture, and two years after Barack Obama was elected, the vast majority of those who conceived, justified, and carried out the U.S. policy of torture—acts that are inhuman, unjust, and illegal by both international and domestic law—have not been accused, tried, or judged. Eleven low-ranking army personnel were court-martialed after Abu Ghraib. For the murder of Major General Abed Hamed Mowhoush, Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr. was convicted of negligent homicide, but given no jail time and not even discharged from the army. Aside from these scapegoats, the vast majority of those involved in the torture regime continue to work for the government. While Obama worries about a rush to judgment, our real problem is that we have abdicated our right and our duty to judge at all. …

http://democracyjournal.org/article.php?ID=6770

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Author: Bill

Birder, cat-lover, pilot, poet. Former lounge lizard, pauper, pagan, lifeguard, chauffeur,cop and martial artist, turned pacifist addiction writer. Tries to be a good husband, father and brother, and makes a decent friend. Likes to take pictures. Stumbling down the Middle Path, one day at a time.

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