First let me apologize for the long silence... I was just overwhelmend trying to close a book and I will be in such pathetic state for another week or so. I hope I will not loose all my readers...I enjoyed the thoughts of John and the logical conclusion is that adversary institutions never are about the "truth". But as a free observer relevant data should not be strategically hidden. For example, the Israeli Supreme Court has apparently struck down the ban on participation of Arab parties to the next elections. Is this good news?
I would be tempted to say yes if it was not for the many times in which the Court has used double language (like in the case of the wall) to legitimize the idea, that Israel is a rule of law haven while at the same time letting political oppression, apartheid and discrimination stand as usual business. This is the time to be particularly careful about these triumphs of the rule of law... President Obama is closing Guantanamo? it makes the world headline but we know very well that in America there are many other Supermax prison where conditions of inhumanity are appalling and where the prisoners are not better off than in Guantanamo. President Obama will close also those Lagers? Otherwise it is just propaganda, once again based on the rule of law. Similarly we know that as of today there are about 10.000 Palestinians, including many children that are locked without due process in illegal detention centers. And the Supreme Court is saying nothing.
Rule of law talk is very dangerous because it is a relegitimization strategy that is usually deployed when the political costs of brutality are looking too high, when brutality has gone publicly just a little bit to far, to the point of threatening the status quo. This is when the rule of law rhetoric is the most precious allie of power. In Israel, in the U.S. and elsewhere.