This past week, the United Nations special Rapporteur on Torture, speaking on German television said that now George W Bush is no longer covered by the immunity of his position as head of state, the United States should begin investigation of his policies as they regard the mistreatment of American prisoners.
Many Americans seem to be expressing what has become known as the ‘Jack Bauer’ option: If a captured terrorist knows where a weapon of mass destruction is located, then using whatever means necessary to wring that information from the terrorist is OK with them.
The question must be; if the United States acts in the same manner as those who are attacking the US, then how can Americans still claim the high ground? How can Americans still say they are “better than them”, when they are acting in the same fashion?
Then, we have to face those who argue that “we should only look ahead, it happened, it was evil but now we must move on and let the dead sleep in peace”. Instead, I would argue, that there will be no peace until the evil we have done has been acknowledged and those who committed the most egregious offenses should be punished. Until, this is done, the world will not see the US as that “shining city on the hill”