Monday, December 11, 2006

Justice and Humanity

Poputonian makes a point that I heartily endorse. The U.S. has no business determining the future of Iraq and should be looking at holding its war criminals to account. I'm pleased that I'm hearing more of the I-word talk of late.
In the eyes of justice and humanity, how do we -- you and me -- as part of a representative democracy, escape an equal share of responsibility for the carnage? As part of a country where coercive trade and rampant self-enrichment has historically led to the systematic decimation of opposing cultures, including the decimation of the politically weak, why should we also not be held to account? In the eyes of justice and humanity, how does America atone for this mistake in Iraq, reconcile and correct its flawed system of politics, and prevent future debacles of this magnitude? How does America ensure that despots and tyrants don't again so easily gain the highest office in the land?

The only way I can think of is to (not necessarily in sequential order): 1. Undergo Congressional investigation of Bush administration conduct. 2. Appoint a special prosecutor. 3. Actuate a popular movement insisting on impeachment. 4. Remove the guilty from office. 5. Enact legislation to deal with a flawed system of mass media. 6. Enact legislation to fix the electoral process. 7. Pay reparations to Iraq or some international institution.

What else?

Shouldn't the question of impeachment not be one of partisan political strategy, but instead be about justice and humanity as seen through the eyes of the entire world?

2 Comments:

Blogger liberal journal man said...

Amen. Unfortunately, it seems only outgoing Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney had the bravery to propose impeachment.

When you look at the history of the US government's foreign interventions, Iraq is just another in a long line of horrible mistakes. But the impropriety of this mess is staring us right in the face, and has since the flimsy reasons for going to war were advanced.

I am deeply disappointed in the Democrats who, collectively, always seem to be afraid of taking hard stances. Why are we so compliant in the face of atrocities?

Let's pursue impeachment and a wholesale reform of how we do business.

1:25 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Too true. I have long lamented the Dems unwillingness to do the right thing.

I don't understand their cowardice now because there is a growing yearning for someone decent to stand up and say "Enough!"

2:53 AM  

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