Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Misssing Anthony Lewis

I've stopped paying much heed to the Times Op-Ed columnists. But when I saw Guantánamo's Long Shadow by Anthony Lewis, I knew I'd have to read it. And it's a beaut:
In the view of the administration, then, it is "humane" to give a detainee 3½ bags of I.V. fluid and then make him urinate on himself, force him to bark like a dog, or chain him to the floor for 18 hours.
By weaving together events in today's headlines with the stories that have slipped through the administration's fingers over the last 5 years, he paints a picture not just of the atrocities going on in our name, but of the ways that these atrocities could have happened.

They happened because – as we remember from the Abu Ghraib days – the President set himself above the law. He and his lawyer, now the Attorney General, decided that prisoners from Afghanistan don't deserve the Geneva protections, our treaties don't apply to Guantanamo, and he signed a permission slip for soldiers to violate the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Nothing like good writing to brighten up your day, and nothing like incredible writing to knock the wind out of you.