Talkin' trash to the garbage around me.

10 February, 2007

The winds we've sown

From a harrowing tale, a cautionary note:
Some may suggest there is no reason to revive the story of abuse in Iraq. Rehashing such mistakes will only harm our country, they will say. But history suggests we should examine such missteps carefully. Oppressive prison environments have created some of the most determined opponents. The British learned that lesson from Napoleon, the French from Ho Chi Minh, Europe from Hitler. The world is learning that lesson again from Ayman al-Zawahiri. What will be the legacy of abusive prisons in Iraq?

Mr. Fair is already paying for the injustices he inflicted upon his fellow human beings. What will we owe for our collective refusal to hold those who ordered these crimes accountable?

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