BANGKOK- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited a former Khmer Rouge torture house in Cambodia on Monday and urged the nation to proceed with trials of the former regime's surviving leaders in order to "confront it's past."
"Countries that are held prisoner to their past can never break those chains and build the kind of future that their children deserve," she said. "Although I am well aware the work of the tribunal is painful, it is necessary to ensure a lasting peace."I guess this shouldn't surprise anyone, considering Clinton's past statements chastising other countries for not upholding the rule of law-- but never her own. Amazing considering the US government's dark past with the Khmer Rouge.
This latest episode of stupefying hypocrisy underscores a point that needs to be highlighted again and again for those out there in my generation still clinging to the illusion that our political system has any sort of integrity. Every single statement uttered by the political class in both political parties regarding this absurd "War on Terrorism" is based on a lie, namely 9/11 being carried out by Osama bin Laden and his cohorts. Until we address this issue, and understand who the true culprits were, we will continue to live in a world based on a lie. Uncomfortable realities, indeed. But ones that must be confronted.