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Ramesh Re: Inhofe

Ramesh is so right, and this is a

crucial point. I understand how frustrated everyone is today, and

especially after the Berg atrocity, we want and need to strike out. But

we are always quick to criticize moral equivalence arguments when the

Left so frequently makes them — like the idiocy of comparing the

Patriot Act to the Japanese internment. It has been dismaying today to

listen to the flip side of moral equivalence: the high-minded

comparisons of the U.S. stewardship of Abu Ghraib to Saddam’s murderous

atrocities. What makes America great is America’s standards, not

Saddam’s comparative standards. What makes Abu Ghraib monstrous is how

much of an aberration it is from American standards; the conduct does

not become less ghastly because it is better than what Saddam used to

do. If, for example, the Supreme Court doesn’t think we get that very

basic distinction, why would it conceivably side with the government in

the combatants cases?

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