Thursday, February 10, 2005

More on Madness

Samantha Power, author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide (arguably one of the most important books of the past five years), has a must-read column in today's New York Times. The situation she discusses, which I've written about here and here, is one that ought to be met with outrage among Americans. (As a friend of mine said last night during a discussion of the U.S. Government's outsourcing of torture, "I can't understand why Americans aren't protesting in the streets.")

Power's column makes me believe even more strongly that Ambassador Pierre Prosper should resign. He can no longer make the argument--which we can only hope he has made privately since he hasn't made it openly--that going along with the administration on the ICC, on Guantanamo, on the conduct of the war on terror, and so on is serving a higher purpose by allowing him to stay on the job and fight for other issues of international justice. What is there that he's doing that would make any American proud?