Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Good Soldier Rice and the Tortuous Definition of Torture
Reading "Rice Defends Tactics Used Against Suspects" by Glen Kessler in the Washington Post reminded me of former President Clinton's statement during his appearance before the grand jury about the Monica Lewinsky affair. "It depends on what the meaning of the words 'is' is." Then there is always the admirable Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson): "Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things." "I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
Alice in Wonderland.
See"The defining of torture in a new world war
By Paul Reynolds
World Affairs correspondent", BBC News website
- But as she set off a European visit during which the rendition flights and the ultimate aim of such flights will be a key issue, the Secretary of State stressed several times that the United States did not engage in torture.
- And it is really the torture issue which is the key. If the flights were simply for the purpose of moving prisoners between open court systems, nobody would complain.
- It is the idea that they are tortured in secret detention camps that has concerned critics and has forced Ms Rice to issue her statement.
Britain's role in war on Terror - The Guardian, UK
Ms Rice in her furious best; don't miss the cartoon by Martin Rowson (The Guardian).
get by speaking it but cannot write Urdu. Have found many instances of sites that include "Musafir", especially related to a Bollywood film.
Thanks for visiting. Must be cold up there in Montana.