December 01, 2004

Why Do They (Still) Hate US?

Following the leaked International Committee of the Red Cross report claiming that US military tactics in Guantanamo remain "tantamount to torture", paranoid Bush supporters (and paranoia goes with the territory, it seems) will probably be imagining that the International Red Cross - like the United Nations before it - is unfairly picking on the USA.

But as the lawyer for Australian detainee David Hicks says, the US has set an unwelcome new standard in the treatment of prisoners:
"I know from the people I've spoken in the International Red Cross is that they say other countries where we know their human rights records are appalling, all they say to the Red Cross is 'well we are just following the rule of Guantanamo Bay, we're just doing what the Americans are doing'," he said.

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