Saturday, July 05, 2003


Today in the US Americans will be celebrating their Independence Day. Much reference will be made to the fact that their nation was explicitly founded on the basis of universal human rights - those immortal lines that "all men are created equal... endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights". Yet mere days before, their President decided that six men accused of terrorism will be tried in a kangaroo court, without the strong protections that America is justifiably revered for. Secret trials, with no right to select your own defence, no right against self incrimination, no right even to see the evidence presented against you, and the US military acting as judge, jury, and executioner. The rules of evidence would make Torquemada envious, and there are no appeals to an independent court.

I guess this is why irony is dead in America; because otherwise people would be suffering from overload at the sight of the "beacon of human rights and freedom" behaving like a shittly little tinpot dictatorship.