Editor's note: This contribution by the late journalist I.F. Stone first appeared in our January 1975 magazine.
Just back from mugging for the cameras with the bikini-clad U.S. Olympic volleyball team, Bush put his serious face on in Washington and denounced Russia’s incursion into Georgia.
Bush called it “unacceptable in the 21st century.”
He’s right, but who is he to talk?
If invading a sovereign country that posed no threat to you is “unacceptable in the 21st century,” then Bush himself has acted in an unacceptable way, obviously, for invading Iraq.
And what about kidnapping people?
Or holding people in solitary confinement for years at a time, prior to any trial?
Or imprisoning people for six years without ever letting them see a judge?
What about parading them around naked?
Or about putting hoods over their heads?
Or making them hang by their arms?
Or depriving them of sleep for days at a time?
Or holding them in freezing or roasting temperatures?
Or blasting music at them at ear-splitting volume?
Or putting them in cramped little boxes?
Or sexually humiliating them?
Or intimidating them with dogs?
Or waterboarding them?
These are all actions that ought to be “unacceptable in the 21st century,” but Bush himself is responsible for them.
He’s no one to throw stones.