Monday, June 08, 2009

No, Really ... Pot, Meet Kettle

As IOZ points out, the North Korean justification for keeping the two journalists in the jug is at least as good as our supervisors' reasons for keeping the clientele of Guantanamo Bay, and Bagram, and who-knows-how-many places whose names we haven't heard. From the story he links:
The human rights group Amnesty International criticized the procedures behind the sentencing and called for the journalists’ immediate release. “No access to lawyers, no due process, no transparency: the North Korean judicial and penal systems are more instruments of suppression than of justice,” said Roseann Rife, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific deputy director.
Sound familiar? Yeah, well, that's OK; the U.S. is exceptional, the "indispensable nation," and when we hold people indefinitely, without even a show trial, without even charges, but with some torture thrown in just for grins and giggles, that's no problem. Because our intentions are good. If you need proof, just ask us -- we'll tell you. But be sure you ask politely. Nine-eleven changed everything, and don't you forget it.

1 comment:

akaGaGa said...

If I didn't know my Bible, I would be amazed at the blindness of Americans to this type of hypocrisy. But I do, so I just remember this passage:

"Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness."
(2 Thessalonians 2:8-12)