Friday, January 21, 2005

Got rights?

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, argues trenchantly that Bush "idealism" ignores human rights:

The decision to speak in terms of liberty instead of human rights was deliberate.... Liberty is an abstract concept, but human rights bind everyone, including the Bush administration. It's easy to say I'm for liberty but difficult to say I'm for human rights when he's overseeing what we know is a conscious policy of coercive interrogation, including inhuman treatment and sometimes torture.

Liberty, yes, but not for the guantanamistas.

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