Detainee abuse series
The agenda of the The Star was, as usual, apparent with respect to the expose on detainee abuse from Afghanistan to Gitmo. Borrowing John Kerry’s brush, the author paints a picture of the American soldier as a stupid, angry thug looking for some brown-skinned people to beat as a cathartic release of pentup anger lingering from the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Conversely, the detainees are disingenuously portrayed as innocent victims just minding their own business when indiscriminately detained and beaten by these brutes.
After reading “Bush critical of ruling on detainee rights,” (6/13, National/World)) I wondered how six lawyers could think the way they do.
How could five Supreme Court justices think foreign combatants deserve protection in U.S. civil courts? And how could Barack Obama think this ruling is “an important step toward re-establishing our credibility as a nation committed to the rule of law?”
Has the strict adherence to law now become the end, rather than the means to a better one?
Fifty percent of our Declaration of Independence signers were lawyers. Yet these people steeped in law realized when it was necessary to change their situation rather than strictly follow the laws of England.
The difference between then and now is the absence of a warrior heart. Those in the past used theirs to discern when circumstances required a temporary change in normal behavior so they could act to improve the future, before returning to normal. Those today rarely have the heart to act.