The exemption of the US president George W. Bush and his proxies from
International and Congress made law governing war crimes such as torture
is less an expression of a specifically functional rationality than a
symbolic act aiming to expand the zone where power operates without
rights. The failure to interrogate and effectively confront the way that
contemporary displays of US state power both enjoin old and fabricate
new murderous divisions within humanity has placed the entire world in
danger in the 21st century.