I completely agree with both Michele and John. On the power of ideas and particularly on their power if they can originate some critical thinking that clearly exposes past horrors (which are still current).
I really hope that Obama reads Galeano. That book was out there for almost fourty years and it would have been nice if it had already read it! But of course it had the "stigma" of being published by Monthly Review a place perhaps dangerous to attend by someone preparing a career path to become the President of the US! Incidentally I am very happy that Monthly Review Press will make some money out of it. They were the first press that gave Laura and I an offer for Plunder and eventually we passed thinking that a corporate publisher would be more reassuring for potential readers! As soon as we have the Castillan version I should send it to Chavez!
As to being openly radical on the left I do not think we could do much better at this point...It costs a little bit, like being excluded from some elitist academic places but I ensure you guys that are young academics: there is nothing more boring and structurally conservative than elite academic institutions! And i really mean it. it is really the death of critical thinking or at least its normalization when it comes from there.
Sometimes it costs feeling not generous enough or too impatient like with Barack Obama that most people seems to love and I cannot for all what he symbolizes. We have an occasion to check his good faith and to press unapologetic right-wing thinkers, people like Dershowitz or John Yoo that they actually MUST apologize. And this is the issue of the torture memos.
Perhaps if they will have to apologize for that they will sooner or later apologize for zionism and also for neo-liberal policy. And that would be a grat victory of truth like that in the pages of Eduardo Galeano (or as for zionism of Ilan Pappe).
So let's "take action" as Amnesty tells us down here. One day Bush, Cheney, Rice and other murderers might be forced to apologize. Momentum for an independent investigation is snowballing.
Send a letter to President Obama and Congress telling them that any investigation must be backed by the full force of law and adequate funding. Dear Ugo,
Just as the volume of calls for investigations into the U.S. torture program reached deafening levels this week, another classified report came out Tuesday that revealed new details about the military's role in torturing detainees.
This latest report by the Senate Armed Services Committee exposes the "few bad apples" argument as a complete farce.1 While the Bush Administration was publically saying the horrors of Abu Ghraib were just aberrations, this report clearly shows that in fact, torture was sanctioned and even encouraged in military detention centers.
Thanks to your countless actions over the past few weeks, the momentum for investigations is snowballing. Last Friday President Obama said this was a time for "reflection, not retribution"; less than a week later, national newspapers are reporting the President is now open to an investigation.2
But what kind of investigation? There's a growing risk that we may get an investigation that lacks independence, legal authority, and the adequate funding necessary to tell the full truth about the illegal, U.S. torture program.
What we need is a non-partisan independent commission, free from political influences, that has subpoena power and enough money to track down every lead.3
Even with the release of this classified report, we still only know a portion of the truth. And it's only by exposing the full truth of what was done in our names, that we can once and for all move forward and restore our nation's credibility.
Let's make sure whatever investigation moves forward, it's backed by the authority and support it needs to be effective.
In just one week, we've gone from seeing an investigation as a long shot, to talking about what kind of investigation we need. Your actions, phone calls, and visits before Congress are making an impact. We're getting closer to seeing our government actually do the right thing.
Thanks for standing with us.
Director, Counter Terror with Justice Campaign 1 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/22/us/politics/22report.html?hp
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