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June 06, 2003

Well, I don't know about you, but my humiliation is complete.

On the way to work this morning, I heard on the the CNN radio news broadcast that the EU and the US are finalizing an international agreement for our security forces to work together against terrorism.

The humiliation came near the end of the segment, when CNN noted that the EU had praised the US for being willing to agree to certain basic human rights for potential prisoners regarding detainment and fair trials.

We were the envy of the world. For over 200 years we were in the forefront of the movement that declared that the rights of the individual were paramount and should be protected by fundamental, almost unalterable laws. How did we fall so far, so fast?

It's not like I'm pretending we were living in a civil rights paradise before Bush stepped into the White House because I know better, but this...this is the kind of praise that would be handed out to some third world dictator who had signed an agreement to stop executing his political opponents without benefit of trial.

It's the kind of praise you offer a backward nation who has made a tiny step toward civilization.

When did we become the kind of nation that had to be encouraged and commended and congratulated for giving people their basic human rights?

It's embarrassing.

It's a slap in the face to the current Administration, and, really, the entire country, and if the voters re-elect these people then we deserve it.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:42 AM