Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Avoiding another Guantánamo

Writing here in The Hill, Karen J. Greenberg and Michel Paradis caution against repeating the mistakes of Guantánamo in the future. Their 5-point prescription: clearly define who is the enemy; know the conditions for ending the war; use international law; trust the civilian courts; never torture. Excerpt:

All wars should be avoided. But if history is any guide, the United States will find itself in future wars. When that happens, we should insist on clear terms defining the enemy and the battlefield, adherence to law, trust in our courts, and a refusal to torture. We should never again let the uncertainty of the moment blind us to the far graver challenge of protecting the values we have striven to more perfectly realize for two-and-a-half centuries.

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