Harper's magazine had a cover story this month about prosecuting the Bush administration's key players for war crimes. I have not had a chance to read it, but its publication is just one of many such looks at whether the Bush administration engaged in war crimes, and if those crimes should be investigated and, if necessary, prosecuted. I'm of the opinion that a full investigation is necessary, if for no other reason than because the United States as a country and the world in general needs to know what the current administration did with regard to the "war on terror" and the invasion of Iraq. There needs to be an accounting of possible crimes, regardless of whether they are punished. History needs to know. President Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon had the unintended consequence of keeping Nixon's abuses from directly seeing the light of a courtroom, and while the facts are available to those who wish to know them, there was never an impeachment or trial in the Senate. I believe this had the effect of keeping the door open for others down the road, like Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. We can't afford to let the chance at knowing what happen slip away, no matter what's done or not done with the information. If the deeds of the Bush administration are not known, no matter what their justification was, they will happen again someday. It may not be in this country, but it will be somewhere, and the next time it happens, our ability to speak out with a clear conscience may be lost.