Here we go again!
Our government urges everybody to look forward, never backward.
Don’t look back at the illegal incarceration of US Citizens and others because of their Japanese heritage during WWII.
Don’t look back at the illegal “enhanced interrogation techniques” that the United States employed less than a decade ago.
Don’t look back at the prisoners being held illegally at the Guantanamo Bay Detainment Camp for years without being charged.
Don’t look back at the use of unmanned aircraft (drones) to take out people that the United States objects to – even inside the boundaries of a country – a sovereign nation – which we are not at war with.
Don’t look back at the involvement of the United States in the illegal grounding of the plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales –
because of the fear that Edward Snowden might be aboard.
Don’t look back at the illegal invasion of Iraq.
Even the much acclaimed capture of Osama Bin Laden was apparently accomplished on the territory of one of our so-called allies – without their knowledge or permission. Don’t look back at that.
Clearly, if Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, has crossed a red line – and he may have – he is now standing on the same side of
that line as the United States President, Barack Obama.
You see, for the United States, expedience has frequently trumped abiding by international law. We employ circular reasoning to justify all of our actions in the international stage – and then declare those actions to have been legal – apparently because we (always) have good intentions.
Who are we to “send a message” about misbehaviors on the part of any another country?
Now is the time to do what we teach our young people to do when they are in the midst of emotionally-charged social situations.
President Obama, it’s time to look back at our own miss-behaviors as a nation and then to look forward and “use your words.”
This commentary was published September 04, 2013 in the print edition of the Winona Daily News