Herbert on “The Stranger in the Mirror”
Bob Herbert’s NYT column on “The Stranger in the Mirror” captures well the moral black hole at the center of Bush’s policies, which was picked up by Colin Powell in his letter to the Senate regarding treatment of prisoners. Among other things, Herbert says:
There was a time, I thought, when there was general agreement among Americans that torture was beyond the pale….
The character of the U.S. has changed. We’re in danger of being completely ruled by fear. Most Americans have not shared the burden of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Very few Americans are aware, as the Center for Constitutional Rights tells us, that of the hundreds of men held by the U.S. in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, many “have never been charged and will never be charged because there is no evidence justifying their detention.”
Even fewer care.