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- 12:18pm Jul 15, 2001 EST (#7051
In MD6351 rshowalter
6/30/01 6:10pm .. gisterme asked a big question for both
of us is
" How do we move towards the future, and not get
bogged down in the past, except in ways that are necessary so we
can deal with the future?"
He raised the question:
" how one can set up a "negotiating game" or
"structure" that is illuminating, fair and productive?
At every stage, a point emphasized by gisterme seems
central to priority setting.
" How do we move toward a better, fairer, safer
An essential requirement is that we remember the core lessons of
our past -- lessons that we often mouth, and ask others to remember.
From Bosnia to Berlin to The Hague, on a Road Toward a
Continent's Future by ROGER COHEN http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/15/weekinreview/15WORD.html?pagewanted=all
ends as follows:
" Communism promised equality. Hitler promised
the 1,000-year Reich. Milosevic promised glory. All the
West offers, alongside the prosperity of this boardwalk, is the
rule of law. It's enough. It's more than enough on a continent
that now knows, as no other, the price of the law's absence.
The Bush administration is acting as if it doesn't understand or
respect this great conservative principle, and fact of
experience. - - - This administration is rejecting this lesson --
that the rule of law has to be respected, and its mechanisms used,
not betrayed. Mr. Putin, Meet Mr. Bush: Who Needs Treaties?
by THOM SHANKER http://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/10/weekinreview/10SHAN.html
- 12:22pm Jul 15, 2001 EST (#7052
The Bush administration is acting, on the basis of ideas most
Americans do not share, to destroy the value of the word of the
United States in international affairs. To throw away the essence,
the foundation, of the rule of law in international affairs. To
betray the things the United States is supposed to stand for,
and that NATO is supposed to stand for. .... Nuclear Testing and
National Honor by RICHARD BUTLER http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/13/opinion/13BUTL.html
The Bush administration is violating basic standards of honorable
conduct - sometimes very directly -- at levels where huge amounts of
personal money can be involved to the President and his closest
associates. Elder Bush in Big GOP Cast Toiling for Top Equity
Firm by LESLIE WAYNE http://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/05/politics/05CARL.html
On an institutional basis - using patterns well worked out by the
Nazis -- and perhaps by no accident at all. C.I.A. Opens Files on
Hitler by DAVID JOHNSTON http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/27/world/27CND-INTEL.html
.... Concerts Rock the Tiny Kingdom of Skullbonia by NEIL
The Bush administration is degrading the United States in many
many ways -- some as essential as they can possibly be to our
Constitution, and the most fundamental notions of national honor. .
. . . The Big Lie by PAUL KRUGMAN http://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/27/opinion/27KRUG.html
The administration is associating with people, and tactics, that
make Menken's worst gibe about the United States seem just . . . .
In Virginia, Young Conservatives Learn How to Develop and Use
Their Political Voices by Blaine Harden http://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/11/politics/11CONS.html
- 12:26pm Jul 15, 2001 EST (#7053
Today, the front page story could scarecely have been more
important. It exists on the basis of some other election frauds that
excluded thousands of black voters in Florida. When the Bush
administration asks United States citizens, or people in other
countries to "trust us" these things bear remembering.
How Bush Took Florida: Mining the Overseas Absentee Vote
by DAVID BARSTOW and DON VAN NATTA Jr. http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/15/politics/15BALL.html
Timely but Tossed Votes Were Slow to Get to the Ballot Box
by MICHAEL COOPER http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/15/politics/15ORLA.html
House Republicans Pressed Pentagon for E-Mail Addresses of
Sailors by C. J. CHIVERS http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/15/politics/15HOUS.html
For broader NYT coverage -- an excellent collection: http://www.nytimes.com/indexes/2000/12/15/politics/elections/index.html
The presumption of good faith is very strong among
Americans -- and in world diplomacy.
But that presumption, after all, has to stand beside realities. I
think Peter Martin http://www.intellnet.org/news/articles/peter.martin.flying.into.turbulence.html
... is badly twisted, but he is right about this:
America is becoming unpopular -- in ways it hasn't
been before -- because the Bush administration is throwing away
its claims on the respect of the world at a rate few could have
believed before Bush's inaugaration.
When the administration asks american citizens, or others to
"trust us" this context needs to be remembered.
For many reasons.
If I were a decent Republican (and there are many) I'd be
terribly concerned about what the Bush administration is doing, and
what it stands for.
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