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Le Figaro, France

Obama's Moral Crusade: A Few Words of Caution

 

"If Barack Obama's propensity to repent for his sins - or rather those of his country - go down well overseas, these repeated acts of humility are beginning to seriously irritate conservative circles in the U.S. Ö Righting the wrongs of the past is a noble enterprise, but Barack Obama will have to take care not to jump from one extreme to the other."

 

EDITORIAL by Pierre Rousselin

 

Translated By Sandrine Ageorges

 

April 19, 2009

 

France - Le Figaro - Original Article (French)

President Barack Obama: His decision to exclude from prosecution, those responsible for putting into effect parctices many characterize as torture is under attack from the left, while his release of the memos that authorized these practices is under attack from the right.

 

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To torture suspected terrorists in the special prison at Guantanamo will remain as a mark of infamy on the administration of George W. Bush.

 

By making public secret documents on forceful interrogations by the CIA, Barack Obama doesn't actually reveal anything new. Every one of the practices described was already known. Only the fact that they were carried out in response to meticulous and detailed written instructions might surprise - as well as the candor of those responsible for a policy that today is being nailed to the pillory.

 

The existence of these administrative notes helps clears the underlings, who were only following the orders of their superiors. In short, torture is condemned, but no one will be prosecuted for having practiced it.

 

The will of Barack Obama is clear.

 

This is a question of breaking with an embarrassing past, and to close what Obama calls "a dark and painful chapter in our history," while at the same time, attempting not to alienate the intelligence community.

 

The exercise isn't easy, but it's necessary, given the damage to the credibility of the United States which was triggered by the images of sadistic jailers walking with their prisoners at the end of a leash through the hallways of the corridors of the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.

 

How can one defend human rights in countries not exactly in a hurry to enforce the principles of our democracies, after such a spectacle which was seen around the world?

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After George W. Bush's crusade against terrorism, which was used to justify so many excesses, Barack Obama embarked on a moral crusade to wash the United States of its sins. The closing of Guantanamo, the repudiation of torture and the promise of transparency are its founding principles.

 

Regaining the sympathy of the world is a laudable goal and Obama is working toward it to the fullest. But this puts him in the crossfire of criticism.

 

Conservatives and officials of the former administration accuse him of lifting the secrecy surrounding CIA activities, thereby undermining American espionage.

 

In contrast, defenders of human rights stand against the impunity granted the former torturers.

 

The path between these two reefs is a narrow one - and the argument between the two camps is only just beginning.

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Now the dikes protecting torture have given way, it isnít clear that the White House will be able to contain the moans over these abuses - which will undoubtedly multiply.

 

On the other hand, if Barack Obama's propensity to repent for his sins - or rather those of his country - go down well overseas, these repeated acts of humility are beginning to seriously irritate conservative circles in the United States.

 

Righting the wrongs of the past is a noble enterprise, but Barack Obama will have to take care not to jump from one extreme to the other.

 

 

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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US April 19, 5:29pm]