Archive for February, 2007

The Bush Hypocrisy

February 21, 2007

As many of you probably know, the U.S. Court of Appeals has denied the right of the Guantanamo Bay detainees to challenge their imprisonment. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/20/AR2007022000490.html?sub=AR

Since America invaded Iraq, we have been given countless reasons for our occupancy there. First the certain presence of those pesky weapons of mass desctruction, and where were those again? We were told that Saddam had connections with Bin Ladin. Reason after reason followed for our occupancy. Finally, the Bush administration settled for two reasons: Saddam was torturing his people- starving families, raping wives, beheadding anyone and everyone. Second, we need to spread democracy. It is up to us to make sure the greatest system in the world, the American system, permeates throughout the entire world.

Herein lies the problem: (completely disregarding the fact that it could very well be impossible for an inherently Islamic society to coincide with democracy) . We condemn Third World countries for their treatment of the accused- for their random imprisonments, for torture, for holding citizens captive without giving them the mere dignity of knowing why they’re being held captive. However, the Bush administration has decided that at Guantanamo Bay, the captives there do not deserve the privilege of Habeas Corpus, one of the most basic American rights.

How is it that we can continue to push for democracy, for liberty, for justice and freedom, yet when it comes time to extend these rights to the very people on whom we’re trying to force them, we’ve decided that it’s just not that important? It’s the parent who smokes two packs of cigarettes a day and tells his or her child not to smoke. How can we claim to be a beacon for the world when we continue to violate the principles we hold so dear?