Editorial voices from elsewhere
Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad as compiled by the Associated Press:
Another week of hearings at Guantánamo, another series of jaw-dropping revelations and rulings that underline the futility of the whole enterprise. That the system isn’t working has long been obvious. Now the tragedy is turning into farce.
Exhibit A: The disclosure that the FBI allegedly tried to turn a member of the defense team for 9/11 defendants into a confidential informant, spying on colleagues on behalf of the U.S. government.
Did the FBI not realize that by doing so the agency was damaging the trial procedure at Guantánamo (such as it is)? Did it really believe it could flip a member of the defense team and keep it secret? No wonder some skeptical family members of 9/11 victims believe the whole thing was a deliberate effort to derail the hearings. What else are they to think?
At this rate, it looks less and less likely that the 9/11 defendants will ever be brought to trial, and victims and family members will have to wait a very long time to have their day in court, unless Congress were to, say, create a conventional federal district court down there. Fat chance.
The frustration of family members of the victims is all the more infuriating because the federal criminal-justice system has shown time and again that it can handle suspects accused of terrorism.
Hundreds of cases have been tried across the country, mostly in New York federal court, with judges and juries rendering guilty verdicts in virtually all significant cases.
And that is another eminently practical reason that the whole Guantánamo project should be shut down: It doesn’t work.
As much as the world would like for it to settle into a resolution, the face-off between Ukraine and Russia shows no signs of tapering off.
On Tuesday, the stakes escalated when Ukrainian officials sent troops into the eastern part of the nation to reclaim a military base from pro-Russian separatists. Officials in Kiev described the retaking of the airfield as a “special operation.”
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin again proved he has no sense of irony – or, more likely, he simply loves to stir the pot more – when he called U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday and demanded that the United Nations and the international community condemn what he described as “anti-constitutional actions” by the government in Kiev.
This demand from the man who sent Russian troops without insignia into sovereign Ukrainian territory to slice off the Crimea region by force so that Russian could orchestrate a vote that was decided long before anyone went to a ballot box and annex the region, all of which was done in clear violation of international law.
While the White House said Tuesday that Kiev’s security action in eastern Ukraine was warranted, it added that only sanctions were being considered against Russia. Diplomacy, of course, is still the best avenue to proceed on.
America is no stranger to senseless shootings.
That being the sad case, it is easy to place the targeting of two Kansas City-area Jewish institutions into that “senseless” category and thereby eventually put it out of mind.
But this shooting was not “senseless.” The targets were not random and the killer came to do his evil deed with a brazenly touted motive. This was a crime directed against Jews and committed in the name of the most unspeakable barbarity ever unleashed on the Jewish people. If this was not a hate crime, it is impossible to define what one is.
Perhaps because of a sense of security and well being, an increasing proportion of the American Jewish population prefers to believe that they are immune to anti-Semitism. That’s why the Kansas shooting can’t be seen as an isolated incident.
As the tragedy in Kansas demonstrates, no Jewish community is immune.