Monday, August 01, 2005

Who we are

I wanna stand up and clap!
Bob Herbert in the New York Times...

There was a dramatic encounter during the floor debate last week when Senator Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Alabama, spoke out against the legislation [that would expressly prohibit cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of detainees in U.S. custody], saying there was no need for it because, as he put it, the detainees are not prisoners of war, "they are terrorists."

Senator McCain, of Arizona, argued that the debate "is not about who they are. It's about who we are." Americans, said Mr. McCain, "hold ourselves" to a higher standard.
There's more, but anything else is anticlimactic.

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