Monday, April 11, 2005


Kangaroo Court

How would you like it if you were accused of some wrongdoing, put on trial, not allowed to see some or all of the “evidence” against you, told that the law doesn’t matter, not given the right to speak, tried on flimsy evidence, or not allowed to present witnesses or evidence in your own defense?

Sound outrageous? Court documents have supplied these and more stories by former Guantanamo detainees.

How can people justify and do horrible things like this? The reason we’re given is that these are dangerous terrorists, but actually it’s the same psychology at work as in those who advocate racial profiling and mass detention, as happened to Japanese-Americans in WWII. Two reasons come to mind. First, advocates think it will never happen to them. They think they will always be on the inside, always have the upper hand, always be a part of the ruling elite. Second is a racist attitude toward the untermenschen (in this case “ragheads”). That’s what allows them to treat other human beings so callously.

The majority of Americans claim to be Christian. Well, what happened to “love your enemy” and the Golden Rule? It would do well for everyone to remember that they could someday be on the other end of the stick.

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