It seems that Spain now occupies the moral position that the United States purports to want back. Not only were they the only country to prosecute Augusto Pinochet for the crimes he committed against humanity in Chile, but they are now indicting members of the Bush Administration for torture against Spanish citizens at the United States’ facility in Guantanamo Bay.
I am a supporter of President Obama, and I pray for him currently as he wrestles with his conscience for giving the order to kill the pirates in order to save the captain. I think he was right, but that doesn’t make the decision or the order easy. However, I am disappointed that he hasn’t put more umph! into investigating and prosecuting those responsible for abuses of power and torture.Update: President Obama just released some of President Bush’s memorandum regarding torture.
While there are members of Congress (Representative Conyers, Senator Leahy) who are pushing the current administration to investigate the former, the President remains steadfastly, albeit quietly, against. The door to the past has not shut, though, and when North Korea can honestly say that they are treating our two incarcerated journalists “better than Guantanamo,” we have a problem that won’t be solved by ignoring the past.
While I’ve visited Spain, and found Barcelona to be a wonderful city, I’ve never wanted to live there. I do, though, admire their willingness to pursue the ideals that we espouse. Now it’s our turn.