Sometimes the Americans are un-american
Swiss MP Dick Marty, who has been investigating for the European Council on the alleged secret CIA flights, comes to the conclusion that there is reason for serious concern. I of course do not know the content of Marty's report nor do I know anything about its credibility. I must also add that I am always stunned to note how the Europeans seem to focus on this issue. It seems quite clear to me that this is mainly motivated by an overdose of anti-americanism and disturbing soldiarity with terrorists. Otherwise, where for example is the european investigation about Saddam's european friends or about Putin's charming expedition to Chechnya?
I am convinced that the war on islamic terrorism is real and that it has to be won by the civilized world. I think however that violationg essential legal standards, like for example, "Guantanamo", outsourcing the treatment terrorists or having a rather broad understanding of "human" interrogation techniques is extremely counter-productive. The war on islamic terrorsim is a struggle against islamism itself and against its moral values. This is what makes this conflict so particular and so fundamental. This clash of civilizations/cultures/moral values can only be won by defeating the enemy's own values. If however, we do not affirm and defend our own values of liberty, democracy, rule of law, market economy, etc., then this fight cannot be won, I'd even add, it is not worth to be fought. For it is these moral values that make our position superior to the one the Caliphat represents.
These values at stake are profoundly american, they are all derived from 1776. The US should by no means forget this.