(theLoop21) –When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently issued a public apology after it was revealed that researchers from the U.S. Public Health Service intentionally infected Guatemalan patients with sexually transmitted diseases, the revelation recalled for many Americans, unfortunate memories of the Tuskegee experiment. Though the cases had some clear differences (namely that in Guatemala researchers affiliated with the U.S. government stand accused of infecting unsuspecting patients with a disease while in Tuskegee they stand accused of intentionally withholding lifesaving treatment) the fundamental tragedy remains the same. The worst-case scenario is that our government preyed upon some of humanity’s most powerless. The best-case scenario is that it looked the other way as others did. Any way you slice it, our government failed to live up to the most basic tenets of human decency, and certainly to the greatness that is our democracy.