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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sometimes there's no choice

For those of you who have been following the story of Ben Zygier, the Australian immigrant Mossad agent, who committed suicide in an Israeli prison in 2010, and whose story just came to light this week, this might help you to keep perspective.
Even the greatest democracy on earth has Prisoner Xs: In the war on terror that the Americans have been waging since the attack on the Twin Towers, there are terrorists, mainly from al-Qaida, who were arrested in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. They are taken on airplanes in the middle of the night, and flown to what the CIA calls “black sites” – outside US territory and legal jurisdiction – which are detention and interrogation centers, where torture is sometimes used. No one knows where they are or what exactly takes place there.
Read the whole thing. What bothers me - and I suspect many others as well - most about this case, is how a young man goes from being an idealist to (apparently) betraying his country.

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At 10:56 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - the Israeli media had no right to help leak state secrets, endanger Jewish lives and harm the country.

Freedom of the press takes a back seat to higher interests, all of which were trashed in the past week.

What could go wrong indeed


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