While Americans are in the midst of celebrating (well at least most of us) our newly elected president, Mr. Obama, we should not ignore a rumor which suggests that our current president, President Bush, may have intent of offering pardons to individuals who have not adhered to the spirit of the policies that govern the rules of war—To be exact, I am speaking about those persons who may have actively participated in war crimes and acts of torture at Guantanamo.
President Bush continues to hold the power to pardon such persons for their acts. However, as Americans we understand we are also governed by International Laws. Specifically, International laws, prohibits the issuing of such pardons; therefore, it is time for the United States of America to step up to the plate and lead by example. Here’s how:
• As an American people, we have a right to know what did or did not occur at Guantanamo; therefore, an independent commission should be established to examine and report findings no matter how ugly the results.
• Currently, Amnesty International (along with nine other human rights groups/organizations) calls upon President Bush to engage in making decisions which do not offer anticipatory pardons that may prevent truth, justice, (reparations for victims, etc) and cause America and Americans to continue to be viewed as having lack of good faith.
As an exiting president, Mr. Bush still has the opportunity to leave office with some semblance of dignity by, and I quote George Washington who spoke these words in his farewell address on September 17, 1796 ,“observe good faith and justice towards all Nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all.” Simply put: President Bush, do the right thing—
Emm Dee B. (c) 2008 DEC
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