University of Minnesota alum Chuck Turchick writes:
"In describing his opposition to torture, John McCain famously said: 'This is not about terrorists; it's about us.' Similarly, in a very real
sense, this invitation is not about Dr. Rice; it's about us, the
University of Minnesota community, its students, its faculty, its staff,
its alumni, and its good name. Dr. Rice's conduct and the conduct of
other high Bush administration officials has resulted in no
accountability -- no criminal accountability, no civil accountability,
no official commission of inquiry -- in large part due to the current
administration. Not only were there possible war crimes committed with
no accountability, but they occurred in conjunction with the first
public proclamation by a Geneva Conventions signatory nation engaged in a
war saying the Conventions did not apply to them. The University's
invitation will be seen as condoning not only the conduct, but also the
lack of accountability and the attitude that the United States is above
the law. that the rules don't apply to us."
Read about this week's protest here.