[quote]If you actually *read* my post, you will find that I was asking a question, rather than making an assumption.<hr></blockquote>I trust you are in support of the concept "justice for all"...
Don't assume anything.
I am for justice, it's a good thing. I don't think what's going on right now in Cuba is anything approaching injustice.
[quote]I feel it is important that the rest of the world sees the United States judicial system as being a beacon of fairness and justice,<hr></blockquote>
You could fool me with all the chic anti-US sentiment that has been thrown around for the last decade.
I don't see how something that isn't there could be important to maintain.
[quote]rather than a grotesque Taliban-style hotchpotch of kangaroo courts (and secret military tribunals).<hr></blockquote>
Good thing we aren't that.
[quote]Do you agree with many of the other folk in this thread who don't give a damn about how the rest of the world sees the United States?<hr></blockquote>
I don't give a shit what the rest of the world thinks about the United States, no.
[quote]Or, do you favor open communication and sober diplomacy (not quite so sexy I realize, but it does have a better track record).<hr></blockquote>
How are those two mutually exclusive?
Your bias is that you pin one side of the argument down. You create a caricature from which there can grow no decent argument since you assume those who might think that the rest of the world shouldn't dictate U.S. policy are uneducated troglodytes.
I don't think we need the hand-wringing of pseudo-socialist nations with questionable civil rights policies to steer us and our actions. **** them. We'll be nice. Trade is good, so is diplomacy. But I won't lose sleep with the EU whines, and I pray to God that Dubya doesn't either.
[quote]I asked the question(s) because it's very hard to know where you stand on the topic since in most of your posts, you are more concerned with slapping people down rather than adding a constructive contribution to the thread.<hr></blockquote>
I think the link I provided was the most constructive thing posted to this thread. I also asked a simple question.