Questionable developments abroad:
Iran announced today that it had uncovered new evidence against two imprisoned Americans and had launched an expanded investigation into their alleged activities against the Islamic republic.
The statement from the country’s judicial branch dashed hopes of any imminent breakthrough in the case, after Iran announced last month that it was in the final stage of its probe and would announce whether the dual U.S.-Iranian nationals would be tried or freed within two or three days.
You have to be somewhat suspicious about a story like this in a country like Iran. “New” evidence in a case against someone imprisoned for a while often means that the detainee broke under “coercive treatment” and started offering bogus information.
What the hell, this is a blog. Let’s give Michael Ledeen serious wood and say that Iran did that. Let’s imagine that Iran held these foreigners whom it suspects of insurrection, terrorism or worse in cold cells with few or no clothes on, forced them to sit/stand in painful positions for five to eight hours at a time and spaced the sessions irregularly to prevent them from sleeping. Say for the sake of argument that delirious from hypothermia, sleep deprivation and pain the Americans broke and signed whatever it took to end the abuse.
Horrible. An obvious abortion of justice. Now tell me how that hypothetical Iran, which would surely provoke incoherent shouts of outrage from every corner of America, is the tiniest bit different from treatment that John Yoo, Michelle Malkin, Alberto Gonzales and Glenn Reynolds blithely cheerlead on a daily basis.
Assuming that Iran’s suspicions are weakly founded, which I feel safe in assuming, we don’t know that most tortured Muslims intend to attack America any better than Iran knows that these Americans planned to overthrow their government. Yet this cartoonishly awful Iran that I just imagined reflects exactly how America treats foreign detainees every day. The lengths to which Iran would have to go before America could complain without obvious hypocrisy are beyond disturbing.