Focus on What's at Stake in Iraq

(Washington Post) Jim Hoagland - Make no mistake: The military and congressional investigations into the Abu Ghraib prison scandal must be pursued. They offer the best opportunity to repair America's reputation and prevent future atrocities. But this episode should not be inflated for partisan gain at home, or manipulated by those abroad who oppose the exercise of U.S. power in their precincts. To leap to the conclusion that Arab dictators have suddenly gained moral superiority over the U.S., which is no longer fit to pursue or speak about democratic change in the Middle East, is self-defeating. Those who were silent about torture in Iraq during Saddam Hussein's time should be modest about cloaking established political agendas in the name of that cause now.

2004-05-13 00:00:00

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