Thursday, June 29, 2006

A Fair Trial

The Supreme Court of the US has ruled that it's unconstitutional to have a military tribunal for the detainees at Guantanamo, affording them the same due process that an American would enjoy. While I personally don't think that's necessary, kudos to the US for granting those prisoners the same right that Al-Qaida denies its hostages. In my mind it certainly clarifies the moral superiority of the American position.

4 comments:

@s said...

It is commendable of the supreme court to have ruled to give the hostages their rights.

Rumpus said...

I agree with @s. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling shows that the U.S. administration cannot continue to act with impunity. Thus the U.S. government does not have a morally superior position because it must have its hand slapped by the Supreme Court in order to be reminded to abide by the U.S. constitution. And now we must all admit that the U.S. government is not infallible.

Rocketman1200 said...

dude. who's doing the hand-slapping of al-qaida? Or Somalian Islamic Fascists? Or the French government acting in the Ivory Coast? What I'm saying is that the Americans, by actually being able to self-regulate via the Supreme Court are doing things in a moral fashion that these other groups are incapable of!

@s said...

Rocketman, I finally agree with you on this one thing. I do think that in *this* case they are acting in a moral fashion.
However, some of your previous comments worry me. The age old adage "Two wrongs don't make a right" comes to my mind.