Who Shall Watch The Terror Warriors?

In a series of posts at Q&O, the editors condemn the use of torture by the US military in the War on Terror. Many of their commenters take them to task for criticizing the military.

If the US is perceived to be hypocritical by carrying out crimes that it condemns of others, it will lose any moral high ground it has against the various bad guys it wishes to remove from power. Media organizations such as Newsweek, contrary to accusations of being "on the side of the enemy" en masse, serve a valuable purpose in any free society. They scrutinize those in power. Though they may not always get everything right, there is at least a semblance of a tradition in the American press of admitting mistakes when they happen. As the recent reports of deaths of political prisoners in the hands of the US military demonstrate, those in power are in dire need of scrutiny. As always.

Any supporter of the war ought to support greater transparency about proceedings at prisoner camps, closer media coverage of the military goings-on, and justice for those guilty of wrongdoing. The success of the US depends on it.

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The Torture and Abuse

The Torture and Abuse Debate
The debate over US military treatment of prisoners, detainees and enemy combatants has been building steam for the last couple of weeks. Between the various trials in the Abu Ghraib case, the Newsweek stories and many other news articles, blog reports ...

The lack of utter disgust

The lack of utter disgust and outrage on the part of the Americans generally about the treatment of detainees is discouraging. Sadly, I think there's a strong racist component at work. For many Americans, Arabs and/or muslims are the new American Negro; since they're not quite humankind, it really doesn't matter how you treat them.