Well, Americans, I must say, for all our red, white, and blue pride, we don't seem to have much moral courage in this country. At least, when compared to the Egyptians, who are still taking to the streets, shutting down commerce, refusing to accept the status quo, demanding change. Or even, perhaps, compared to the Americans of yesteryear, my parents' generation, who marched in the streets to demand an end to an illegal war and to racial discrimination and segregation in Dixie.
And now, here are the Swiss, showing us up again, by threatening to bring charges against the man who most typifies American ignorance and anti-intellectualism, Junior Bush.
According to Reuters:
Bush was to be the keynote speaker at Keren Hayesod's annual dinner on February 12 in Geneva. But pressure has been building on the Swiss government to arrest him and open a criminal investigation if he enters the Alpine country.Color me grateful. If it weren't for human rights activists in Switzerland (which has her own problems vis-a-vis human rights), Junior Bush might be happily jetting around Europe, clowning like an idiot, telling dirty jokes, and remaining blithely ignorant of the hatred directed at him by so much of the world.
Criminal complaints against Bush alleging torture have been lodged in Geneva, court officials say, and several human rights groups signaled that they were poised to take further legal action this week.
I'm grateful to Swiss activists for having the courage and the fortitude to take these steps. And my biggest single complaint against President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid is that they lacked the courage to bring justice to an obvious war criminal and his cartel when they had the chance in 2008.
It is a bitter lesson of life that evil will often go unpunished. At least from the outward human perspective. As scripture states, in Matthew 5:45:
...he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.But I do believe that Junior, in his half-aware, blithe ignorance, still experiences pangs of guilt and unhappiness. I do believe that, in his most private moments, he regrets that he has failed so miserably, not just as a president or a leader, but as a man, as a human being.
And, Switzerland, thanks for reminding him. Junior, you are not forgiven.