The new Conservative Prime Minister of England, David Cameron, leaping head over heels in credibility over current US President Barack Obama, has announced the UK will open up an inquiry into that country’s complicity in the torture of detainees in the “war on terror.” In complete disregard of America’s solemn duty to “look forward, not backward” at its involvement in war crimes, 10 Downing Street has come forth to its responsibilities under the Geneva Conventions to investigate any and all allegations of torture. The Guardian reports:
In a move designed to halt the growing number of civil claims by alleged victims and to restore the reputation of MI5 and MI6, the prime minister conceded that “the reputation of our security services has been overshadowed” by allegations about complicity in abuse.
The government also published rewritten guidance for intelligence and military personnel on how to deal with detainees held by other countries, which it said would make clear they must never take any action where they know or believe torture will occur.
Yes, that is correct. The British government will be opening the investigation soon. Meanwhile, back in the United States, nearly a year and a half into President Obama’s term, what has been the dominant trait of his administration’s handling of the endless wars he inherited? Doubling down, and admitting nothing. Here is a gigantic example of the difference between the “exceptional” United States and the country it broke free of nearly 240 years ago. The simple fact of the matter is that the United States doesn’t do anything wrong, and therefore does not have to investigate anything. Despite what the United Nations may say, the Good and Powerful country known as America doesn’t torture people it places into custody. American citizens know this because of what they read in their newspapers. That silly Briton Cameron, believing in such archaic notions as “the rule of law” among others, begs to differ:
“The longer these questions remain unanswered, the bigger the stain on our reputation as a country that believes in freedom, fairness and human rights grows,” the prime minister told the Commons.
What kind of reprehensible leader worries about a “stain” on his or her country’s “reputation,” simply because the international body of laws require them to? If Mr. Cameron was tough like Mr. Obama, he would realize that if a country says that it does not do anything bad, then it must be true. Otherwise the curtain might be pulled back on the whole ugly charade, and that could mean a lot of pain for a lot of people in high places. And if there’s one thing the world knows about America it’s that the elites here don’t like admitting failure or the possibility that they broke the law. Will this country learn anything from the UK torture inquiry? Given the United States’ complete stonewalling in Britain’s previous attempts at justice, probably not. That’s how America does it, after all.