Boston Globe columnist James Carroll put it this way:"Justice is measured in every society by how the worst malefactors are treated - the worst not only in culpability, but in capacity for general harm. The best way to combat terrorism is to wrap accused terrorists in the cloth of the law they would rip asunder. More important, to legalize the abuse of a class of prisoners is to prepare for the abuse of all."
This is why I read: I can find words that express these truths so much better than I ever could. Mr. Carroll makes them incandescent.
We fail to heed this wisdom only at our peril, at our nation's peril.