Thursday, March 16, 2006

How to Lose Friends and Encourage Extremists

When this year's Human Rights report appeared last week, William Fisher e-mailed it to six of his old friends in Egypt and asked them for their reactions "off the record." They had a lot to say, but it all came down to this consensus: The United States had forfeited its right to report on abuses committed by others by committing its own, failing to correct them, and then holding no one in authority accountable.


Photo credit: Gen. Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on prisoner abuses in Iraq, May 7, 2005. (Jim Lo Scalzo for USN&WR)

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