Saturday, September 10, 2011

9/11: Time to decide what America stands for

Watching David Frost's interview with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Al Jazeera last night provided stark evidence of where the USA went wrong in our reaction to the terror attacks that took so many innocent lives 10 years ago today. Cameron defended the attacks on the Taliban in Afghanistan for harboring Al Quaeda. But he staunchly opposed any actions that violated Britain's principles. Britain did not approve of and objects to any form of torture in the "war on terrorism." At the same time, former US Vice President Dick Cheney is actively defending the use of "waterboarding" torture while parading around peddling his memoir. By yielding on our fundamental principles, the USA loses what had been our most persuasive source of power.

In the 10 years since that awful day, the USA has tumbled from its post as the moral leader of the free world. Maybe it's time to figure out how we can earn that crown once again.

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