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May 31, 2004 | The Nation

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May 31, 2004

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Patricia J. Williams ruminates on Abu Ghraib, Paul Savoy makes the moral case against war and Arthur C. Danto reviews Dieter Roth.

Letters


FRIST: DOING ASBESTOS HE CAN?

Paso Robles, Calif.

Editorials

Seymour Hersh has been much more right than not in his reporting on the current Administration.

Additional support for this article was provided by the Fund for Constitutional Government.

On April 28 the subject of torture was discussed in oral arguments
before the Supreme Court.

In the early 1980s, soon after the right-wing grassroots movement gave
us a Reagan presidency, I announced that I would be boycotting my
straight friends' weddings.

Only on my last day in this hilly, river-spliced city, with such
beguiling old world charm and art nouveau elegance that unless you're
Kafka a strenuous effort is required to maintain fury or g

Even before the Congressional hearings on the criminal abuse of Iraqi
detainees at Abu Ghraib prison, Colin Powell brought up My Lai, the
Vietnamese village where, in 1968, American troops slau

"The unthinkable is becoming thinkable," neoconservative pundit Robert
Kagan despaired recently in the Washington Post.

Columns

scheer

What a wonderful image of democracy and tolerance the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has presented to the world by allowing same-sex marriages.

So there were WMDs in Iraq after all. They're called digital cameras.
Partly because of them, the United States faces one of the most
humiliating defeats in imperial history.

We're told that the few rotten apples
Who brought on this sordid affair'll
Be punished. But what if those apples
Are right at the top of the barrel?

As of this writing, seven in ten Americans want Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld to remain at his post, a vote of confidence that exceeds that
even for the President himself.

Articles

The crimes at Abu Ghraib are a direct expression of the kind of war we are waging in Iraq.

Most Americans long ago stopped believing that George W. Bush is what he
claimed to be during the 2000 presidential campaign: a compassionate
conservative.

Books & the Arts

Art

Three years ago I saw a work by the late Swiss-German artist Dieter Roth
that so captivated me that I am determined to write a book just to be
able to reproduce it on the jacket.

Book

For the last three and a half years the Israeli army has deployed
American-supplied
F-16 fighter jets, Apache helicopters, armored Caterpillar bulldozers
and Merkava tanks powered by engines

Poetry

Shortly after the first anniversary of September 11, when The New Yorker
had published a slew of poems memorializing the events of that
day--Galway Kinnell's "When the Towers Fell" and C