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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Thursday, July 19, 2012

West must preserve its own values despite terror

The European Court of Justice in Strasbourg on Monday summoned Poland to release documents regarding the possible torture of presumed terrorist Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri in a Polish CIA jail in 2002/2003. Tomasz Wróblewski, chief editor of the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita, then warned that releasing the documents would hinder the war on terror. The liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza responds: "So one could say chief editor Wróblewski is suggesting we should give up the fundamental achievements of Western civilisation - namely every prisoner's right to dignified treatment, the ban on torture and the right to a trial. We should so to speak allow the secret service to treat people as it sees fit. Needless to say, the secret services would do much to obtain such freedom. And exactly that would constitute a victory for the terrorists, even greater than the collapse of the World Trade Center: Western civilisation would destroy itself from the inside out of sheer fear - by attacking its own fundamental values."

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