Friday, April 24, 2009

Reclaiming our soul

It's obvious to me that the Villagers' insistence on avoiding any investigation of the torture policy is rooted in a desire to cover up their own complicity in allowing to happen. Krugman nails it in a column today.

For the fact is that officials in the Bush administration instituted torture as a policy, misled the nation into a war they wanted to fight and, probably, tortured people in the attempt to extract “confessions” that would justify that war. And during the march to war, most of the political and media establishment looked the other way. [...]

Sorry, but what we really should do for the sake of the country is have investigations both of torture and of the march to war. These investigations should, where appropriate, be followed by prosecutions — not out of vindictiveness, but because this is a nation of laws.

We need to do this for the sake of our future. For this isn’t about looking backward, it’s about looking forward — because it’s about reclaiming America’s soul.
That's exactly it. As I said at the Detroit News, where I'm doing the bulk of my posts on this, either we stand for the rule of law for everyone, or we stand for nothing.

Update: Krugman posts an addendum to this column. The defining moment.

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