Friday, February 24, 2006
The Chinese puzzle
The Bush junta certainly doesn't see anything wrong with this situation, they're probably envious in that they still have to pretend to aspire to something different. And even if they don't they wouldn't dare to do anything to one of their biggest creditors, not while the dauphin is in office, anyway. After him it's not going to be just a deluge, it's going to be a cataclysm.
The message to democrats around the world is that the United States isn't your salvation. You're going to have to fight your own oppressors and in a lot of cases the Bush junta too.
There are terrible things that go on in the US regularly, and the federal government is rarely the worst offender. Most jails constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Diane Wilson and Susan McDougal are our modern day Jane Addams, entering the jails to expose both the humanity of the prisoners and the inhumanity of the penal system. One of the frightening things that I learned is that space in US jails is often less than what the men placed in dog cages at Guantanamo had. And unlike Guantanamo, there's nothing to protect the weak from the strong or the mad.
So, the US commitment to human rights has always been more noble myth than reality. And yet that myth has been more powerful than American armies in rooting out tyranny around the word.
We can only hope that it is strong enough to extirpate the root of that evil weed that is growing in our government.
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