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on those fancy little Brookings/NYT graphics on the State of Iraq...,
the road to hell could at the very least have a very low legal speed limit:
Somebody else remembers the reports of our bulldozing of Iraqi date palm groves. Idiotic on all fronts, as we noted at the time with our usual frothing of punctual grammatical errors:
This is roughly akin to sabatoging Iraq's oil wells ... were one hoping for Iraqi industry to help fund reconstruction. It's also bad counter-insurgency policy to politicize the matter, forcing people to pick sides: it's even worse to do this when you're an occupying army. It's also, as a matter of course, a war crime to institute collective punishment, and it's just plain wrong to rip away civillian's livelihoods when they've done nothing more than what any American is entitled to do in expressing their own liberty: plead the 5th.
Oh those halcyon days. It seems quaint in retrospect now that we've legislated altogether a permanent foreclosure on
a basic foundation for the rule of law in the glorious tradition of Western Civillization and officially, democratically renounced our signatures to and ratifications of the Geneva Conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Convention Against Torture, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and stand in violation not only of those but of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, and for all you Bible thumpers out there, Matthew 5:43.
I guess you could say it was one thing when they were doing it illegally. This at least removes the insult to the victims' intelligence.
:: posted by buermann @ 2006-10-02 15:20:17 CST |