Sunday, January 22, 2006

Soon running for a political office near you!

Through an interview with Robert F Kennedy Jr, published today in a Swedish newspaper, I found a brilliant op-ed in LA Times. The article, called “America's anti-torture tradition”, is using references from cherished parts American history and slowly turns into a sharp critique of George W. Bush, Guantanamo, etc. You can read the whole article here, but I just have to quote the first and the last paragraph:

"It is nice that the Bush administration has finally been pressured into backing a ban on cruel and inhumane treatment of prisoners. But what remains shocking about this embarrassing and distasteful national debate is that we had to have it at all. This administration's newfound enthusiasm for torture has not only damaged our international reputation, it has shattered one of our proudest American traditions. […]
Today, our president is again challenged to align the conduct of a war with the values of our nation. America's treatment of its prisoners is a test of our faith in our country and the character of our leaders."

Another article by Robert F Kennedy Jr worth reading is a long and detailed overview of the Bush’s disastrous environmental policy (published in Rolling Stone, a magazine one maybe should start reading more often again!?). You can find the whole article here, and again I quote the first line and the last paragraph:

"George W. Bush will go down in history as America's worst environmental president. […]
Today, George W. Bush and his court are treating our country as a grab bag for the robber barons, doling out the commons to large polluters. Last year, as the calamitous rollbacks multiplied, the corporate-owned TV networks devoted less than four percent of their news minutes to environmental stories. If they knew the truth, most Americans would share my fury that this president is allowing his corporate cronies to steal America from our children."

And, yes, Robert F Kennedy Jr says that he will run for office some day.


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