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Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons have tested our hold on the high moral ground in international relations.

At AG, prisoner abuse was apparently not based on national policy, but on (possibly calculated) ambiguity and neglect. How should we treat the leaders of the troops that were out of control? We probably cannot punish them criminally, but some demotions and dismissals should certainly be called for or else the whole process looks like scapegoating.

Guantanamo raises different, but similarly difficult issues relating to due process. Should not the guiding principal be treating those troops the way we expect ours to be treated under similar circumstances?

Let us act in ways that get us back to our rightful leadership as global citizens.

Posted by jbv at August 26, 2004 9:33 AM