Don't believe the hype
The usual suspects (Noam Chomsky, Staughton Lynd and other old leftists) have signed this complaint against the U.S. prosecution of the war. They take a slap at everything else the Bush administration is doing while they're at it.
Get over it, you guys. So, the U.S. holds a few people without making it crystal clear as to why. Big deal. This isn't Sunday school. We're at war here with people who killed our friends and families. Oh, you didn't lose anyone personally close to you? Then you really don't understand, do you?
Let's face it, in spite of all the surface talk about the rules of war, we're going to do some really horrid things before we achieve a victory. And we're not likely to stop short of a pretty decisive victory over a lot of groups that march to the same drummer. So, how about if both conservatives and liberals take a break from self-righteousness?
War involves propaganda. U.S. propaganda is no more honest than anyone else's. Of course, Bush is using the war to facilitate other projects. Sure, there are those in the administration who think that 'rights' are technicalities used only by criminals to thwart the destruction of the axis of evil. Yeah, there's no good excuse for killing Saddam Hussein, but this is close enough for government work.
The fact is we're going to murder Saddam Hussein if we get the chance. We're going to be pretty tough on anyone who gets in the way, too. Are we right to do this? Of course not. But we are angry enough that it is going to be done. And, in spite of my objections, we're probably going to use as much self-righteous rhetoric as everyone else to cover our tracks.