Ed Brayton (Dispatches form the Culture Wars) has this post with a video you should watch.
I have two reactions to this. First, it is absolutely fascinating to contemplate the change (assuming this guy, in the video, is accurate) in attitude i Britain, and the post-game analysis … the extension of the “Irish Problem” by a decade and a half or more. The statement thatPhillippe Sands is making is truly astounding from the historical perspective for anyone who remembers the IRA and Britain in the 1970s and early 80s.
The second point he makes is to not call the current conflict a “war on terror.” From the very day that the planes hit the buildings on “911” this should have been treated as a criminal act. I’ve said this before. George Bush was a total boob, the way he handled 911.
And, at the end of the video on Ed’s site, you can hear an interesting comment on torture vis-a-vis the current presidential election campaign in the US.