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Thu Aug 8, 2013, 06:33 AM

And another thing! Russia denies Visas to US Officials involved in Torture, including Yoo, Addingto

http://www.juancole.com/2013/08/officials-including-addington.html


And another thing! Russia denies Visas to US Officials involved in Torture, including Yoo, Addington
Posted on 08/08/2013 by Juan Cole

The food fight between the United States and the Russian Federation has revolved around relatively minor issues in the two countries’ relationship like whether Obama will have a summit with Putin in September (no), whether Russia would grant Edward Snowden asylum (yes), whether Americans can adopt Russian babies (no), whether the US would sanction Russian officials for the death in prison of dissident attorney Sergei Magnitsky.

The Russian government dismissed Obama’s cancellation of his summit with Putin at the G-20 meeting (Obama will still attend the latter) as a sign that the United States still doesn’t recognize the Russian Federation as an equal. That is, Putin feels that the Americans have a superiority complex and act in paternalistic and slighting ways toward other countries.

A less remarked-on round in this game of tit for tat (which so far doesn’t rise to the level of being very serious) is the government’s decision last April to deny visas to American officials and former officials who had something to do with torture at Guantanamo, where Russian citizens have been held.

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I mostly think these prickly diplomatic snubs are most unhelpful and that both countries should take a deep breath and step back. But actually, the banning of US personnel involved with torture is only right, especially since the US government is never going to prosecute these monsters. You hope that Russian authorities are making sure not to replicate American mistakes.

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Thu Aug 8, 2013, 06:48 AM

1. It's a good demonstration of Democracy being a concept, and not

 

a proximity . Torture is only part of our variance to Democracy and our own Constitution .

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