re: "American War Crimes"
"Kristof’s denunciation of Bushian star chamber proceedings, on reflection, raises the important moral question of why the FDR and Truman administrations were allowed by a compliant press to get away with tribunals for German and Japanese freedom fighters. May explain however why 60 years later, we have such a bad reputation in Europe."
"Suppose the Iranian government seized the United States embassy and 66 U.S. government employees, in defiance of international law, and held them for 444 days, went on to sponsor murderous acts of terrorism that have killed hundreds of American soldiers, sailors and Marines from Lebanon to Iraq, had its proxy abduct a number of western journalists and hold them for years, etc., etc. Iranian investments in public diplomacy toward the United States wouldn’t get very far, either."
"Suppose al Qaeda hijacked airplanes and flew them into office buildings full of innocent people, abducted journalists and sawed their heads off on video, duped retarded women into carrying explosives into marketplaces, and got al Jazeera to yap on about American war crimes and play lots of al Qaeda propaganda, and then the Americans picked up a journalist on his way to Afghanistan in December of 2001 who appears to have had a history of closely associating with and assisting terrorists?"
"(I)n addition to declining to eat, Mr. Hajj has also declined to challenge his status as an enemy combatant or his continued detention. So, principled, stubborn journalist or jihadi? Here is the wiki summary of allegations; if any of this is true, then it sounds like the journalism, activism might have got muddled."