07 February 2008

"I am George Bush and I approve this torture"

It is a sad day for me, a sad day for America and a sad day for humanity when the head of American intelligence openly admits, apparently with the blessing of the President, that crimes against humanity have been commited by American forces and then the White House chimes in and says "we'll do it again". Something very fundamental has been lost or broken and we need to find the means and the courage to get it back.

Meanwhile the UN official responsible for torture has told Washington, in what must be considered to be no uncertain diplomatic terms, that waterboarding is torture and the matter is not open for discussion.

Was it fate that I stumbled across the following quote from C.P. Snow this morning?
"When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion."

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