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Thursday, May 06, 2004
Incredibility. The
Wall Street Journal interviews Henri Barkey, "a former State Department analyst. Mr. Barkey, a 50-year-old native of Turkey, worked at the State Department during the Clinton administration, focused on Iraq and the Middle East. He is now chairman of Lehigh University's International Relations Department.":
How does this scandal strain U.S. diplomatic relations in the Arab world, especially on human rights?

For a long time we will not be able to say anything to any country in the world about human rights because all of them will snicker behind our backs. They'll say, "How can you say this after what you have done? You talk about torture? You've done torture. You talk about humiliation in prisons? You've done that same thing." But the problem is much wider. It undermines human rights policy everywhere in the world.… The president's apology[, had he made one, would have have been] necessary not just for the Arab world, but for the rest of the world, to restore credibility.
We have no right to lecture any other country on human rights, torture, or even democratic and fair elections.

This is what happens when the Supreme Court appoints an underqualified dictator.

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