Thursday, September 28, 2006

Molly Ivins: Don't be shocked when the world starts comparing us to Nazis

Leave it to Molly Ivins to put her finger on the truth. She writes about the torture/detainee bill passed by the House and Senate:
This bill is not a national security issue -- this is about torturing helpless human beings without any proof they are our enemies.
Fellow citizens, this bill throws out legal and moral restraints as the president deems it necessary -- these are fundamental principles of basic decency, as well as law.

I'd like those supporting this evil bill to spare me one affliction: Do not, please, pretend to be shocked by the consequences of this legislation. And do not pretend to be shocked when the world begins comparing us to the Nazis.
Read more at Alternet.


Nancy Jane Moore said...

You remember the Nazis. We prosecuted them for war crimes. As long as the US is the most powerful country in the world, our people won't be hauled before an international tribunal. But power can shift, and in this modern world everything changes very, very fast. If I were in the CIA or the military, I don't think I'd rely on this bill to protect me from an international war crimes trial. Of course, I'd rather see them refuse to torture because it's wrong.

Anonymous said...

That's funny, because I would've thought we would be compared to the Nazis for many other things, including millions of abortions, euthanasia and the way we treat our developmentally disabled citizens and elderly. I don't dismiss the fact that George W. has not been good for this country. I do not dismiss my agreeing with your outlook on this bill. I do however think it's ridiculous to tout yourselves as all for rights for everyone, except those most vulnerable among us.

Nancy Jane Moore said...

I doubt seriously that the Nazis, with their anti-woman agenda and desire to increase the German population, allowed abortion, though they may have forced it on Jews and others they persecuted.
Forced abortion is certainly fascist, as is forcing women to stay pregnant when they don't want a child.