Fighting for our honor

Boston Globe
by H.D.S. Greenway

09/19/06

George W. Bush likes to think of himself as another Winston Churchill. A bust of the great man adorns the Oval Office. But what Churchill wrote of his own country, when its leaders insisted on staying on a wrong and misbegotten course, could serve as a warning to the Bush administration as it seeks to throw aside justice and values to continue on a downward spiral under wrong and self-defeating policies. 'I have watched this famous island descending incontinently, fecklessly, the stairway which leads to a dark gulf,' Churchill wrote. 'It is a fine broad stairway at the beginning, but after a bit the carpet ends. ... A little further on still (the flagstones) break beneath your feet.' The descending staircase has already broken beneath our feet in Iraq, and the carpet of Afghanistan is wearing thin because of neglect. But a far worse danger would be the dark gulf of abandoning the high ground on the treatment of prisoners and giving in to moral decay at home...

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