It has come to that.
With the admission of torture, and by claiming the right to torture again…America has undoubtedly crossed the line.
The two possible and agreed upon most heinous violations of International Law for nations, and indeed of basic moral decency….are waging aggressive war and torture. And America has done both.
Now normally what would happen, in a democracy that has committed undeniable, and indeed admitted War Crimes such as illegally invading another country or torture…would be someone in the opposition party calling for investigations and prosecution of the responsible parties. In this case George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. But that is where we run into a bit of a problem….that is where we cross the line from a State that has committed crimes to a Rogue State. Because that is NOT happening.
And it is NOT a mystery as to why it is not happening.
The Democrats, with Pelosi and Reid as their figureheads, have been reprehensibly lax, criminally lax in their Constitutional and moral duty to stop the excesses of George Bush. They have become his accomplices. They have voted for illegal War, they have continued to vote to fund illegal war …and several of them including Nancy Pelosi were briefed on the use of torture by the CIA and did virtually nothing to stop it.
Those who would normally be charged with stopping and/or prosecuting the War Crimes of the Bush Administration allowed either allowed themselves to be compromised…or worse, chose to be complicit out of political considerations and expediency.
They are now choosing not to bring impeachment investigations against the instigators of the War Crimes that have been committed, thus grievously deepening their complicity and guilt. Thus removing the only recourse for Justice at our disposal. Out of what can only be viewed as self-preservation. Criminal self-preservation.
This can lead to only one conclusion, if America will not right its own ship of state and hold itself accountable for the crimes it has committed, it becomes a rogue state. It declares itself to be above international laws and standards. It leaves the company of nations that adhere to the Rule of Law.
What other conclusion is possible?
And as the most mighty nuclear power on the face of the earth, as well as one that has already show its contempt for international laws and standards, what other counry will call them to account? The Bush Administration has done it’s best…and succeeded… at discrediting and declawing the UN. It refuses to acknowledge the International Criminal Court. The War Criminals appear to have won.
And that means that they have taken this once proud nation and reduced it to the level of a Banana Republic ruled by a petty dictator, all with the complicit of Congress.
The only difference being that we have elections. And apparently, with the current Dem Congress willing to aid and abet…or at the VERY least, not hold accountable….the now admitted War Criminals, our only real hope for justice lies there.
From the comments in the Dkos version of DWG’s essay, rontripp asks the pertinent question of our candidates:
“The President has now admitted that he has authorized a technique, known as water boarding to be used on several detainees held by US forces.
This technique has been declared to be unlawful by the United Nations.
If you are elected president would you consider it to be your official duty under the circumstances to order the arrest and trial of the President you will be replacing because of this admission? Please answer Yes or No.”
And of course, in the current political climate, still reeling in the stench of fear that Bush used to make all of this…the illegal invasion and torture and secret prisons and the spying on Americans and all the rest possible…they will not answer. Not that the media will ask the questions anyway, for they are complicit in their own way as well.
So we are left as many have observed, with a classic case of the Emperor’s New Clothes; The invasion was illegal, the spying was illegal, the torture was illegal. Crimes have been committed, crimes have been admitted…and yet no one has yet stood up and pointed this out and demanded justice for these crimes against humanity.
All we can do as citizens is point our fingers and yell the truth and demand justice. And until it arrives…never, never let this be forgotten.
Until the War Criminals are held to account and tried…America IS, and will remain, a nation that holds itself above the Law….a rogue nation.