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An Empire Without Virtue

Paul Craig Roberts, who served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration, writes a piece for counterpunch.org about "The Defenders of Torture," a great perspective that's worthy of your time. Here is a brief excerpt:
Some Americans, horrified at what the Bush administration has done to their country, took hope in Europe's uproar over Bush's rendition/torture policy. Alas, European governments were shedding crocodile tears for show purposes only. On December 11 the Telegraph (UK) reported on a European Union document in its possession that summarizes an EU-US meeting in Athens Greece on January 22, 2003 in which the EU agreed to "co-operation in removals." The Telegraph reports that "EU officials confirmed that a full account was circulated to all member governments." So we have the entire Western world complicit in kidnapping and torture. The entire non-Western world surely notices the unbridgeable gap between the Bush administration's immoral practices and Bush's moral posturing about "freedom and democracy." The prestige of the Western world is gone forever.
James at The Left End Of The Dial adds his thoughts:
The prestige of the Western world rested on a myth (I'm using the term partly in the pejorative sense) that its governments and leaders, and of course its populace, were civilized. Of course, civilized folks don't torture, enslave, or commit genocide either - and regrettably the Western world (basically Western Europe and the US) has a long history of expertise in such practices. The dirty little secret is that a good proportion of the rest of humanity had long ago figured that out.

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