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Pardon me while I mount my high horse — that trusty steed — but do we really want to go there? Do we want to use Hussein’s crimes as the standard? Is everything up to the chopping off of a prisoner’s hand now acceptable? When I raised the objection, fellow book-liners pulled out the well-worn conversation-ending objection that “Saddam Hussein gassed his own people.” So there.
“These Americans who did this will be punished,” one of the amputees recently told the Washington Post. “Under Saddam, such abuses were rewarded and praised.”
This Iraqi understands the issue better than some of my fellow conservatives. It is not the intensity of abuse that determines the righteousness of a civilization. It’s the willingness to punish abuses.
As for the man responsible for the construction of Abu Ghraib, focal point of so much suffering for so many, one amputee, chin held high, had a message, “Look at where the person that cut off our hands is now, and look at where we are.”p> Shawn Macomber is a reporter for The American Spectator. He runs the website Return of the Primitive . br> /p>
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?