Modified interrogation tactics: Good news for us!

William Anderson has this to say

Cal Thomas, in a recent column, endorses torture of our “enemies,” but at least he does not directly try to Christianize it… This column, however, demonstrates that Thomas’s moral compass is a bit skewed.

Thomas says in the article:

These people are evil to the core. The only way to protect ourselves is to extract information they might have by whatever means necessary. This war won’t be won (at least by our side) if we impose on ourselves restrictions that the terrorists do not impose on themselves.

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Are we not paying attention to the beheading videos? The barbarians are at the gate. In fact, they have broken down the gate. Why are we letting them in and treating them only a little more harshly than unwelcome holiday relatives?

I would hope that we treat the with the dignity that they deserve as human beings! Yes, they have information that we need. There are other ways to get it that do not include torture. I understand more then most that we are at war – that our enemy wants nothing less the the destruction of our very culture. And I understand that they will stop at nothing to achive their ends.

Lowering our selves to their inhuman standards is not the path to take. We might defeat them using those tactics, however we will become them. And they would win in the end.

We are the good guys. We need to remind ourselves of that, and act like it. We are fighting thugs and bullys – let’s not slip and become what we fight!

This war won’t be won if we impose on ourselves restrictions that the terrorists do not impose on themselves.

So – let’s go all out and strap bombs onto some Marines and send them into buildings full of civilians. If we must use the Terrorist’s tactics, let’s not slip up and forget one. How about just carpet bombing the Gaza Strip. Oh and we cannot forget the Montana Militia – we should car bomb their Safeways and Albertsons.

We must impose restrictions on ourselves that the Terrorists will not impose on themselves. To even consider not is ludicrous.

3 thoughts on “Modified interrogation tactics: Good news for us!”

  1. I certainly agree. That is why I lean to the idea that this should remain illegal, but if someone were to do such a thing and save the millions of lives they could be pardoned. That makes me uncomfortable as well however, in that it is profoundly unfair to put the ‘man on the spot’ in the position of making this judgement call themselves and then hoping they will be vindicated. I am unsure of what a better solution would be however.

  2. Dave – In a better world, I would have to disagree with you. However, we do not live in that world. When faced with a choice between the quite possible death of millions and the rights of one bad guy, I as well would have to fall on the side of the greater good.

    It’s a really slippery slope however. Rationalizing evil acts to overcome a greater evil might not be the best choice except in the most extreme cases. Once one takes that first step, it’s easier to do so again and again, with less and less provication.

    Where do we draw that line? 3 lives? 10? 100? 1? I am very glad that I am not faced with those choices.

  3. I am willing to concede to the use of torture to obtain specific information about an attack already underway when we have good reason to believe the person in question has the info we need (the hypothetical nuke in NYC for example.)

    I am also willing to discuss what is, and what is not torture. I think it is somewhere above using harsh languange and somewhere below cutting off body parts. Exactly where the line is, and what line we should adhere to is worthy of discussion (I think in most circumstance the line for what is torture should be higher than the line of what we do.)

    Using torture as a routine method for trying to find random information strikes me as both morally reprehensible and foolish.

    And as you so correctly point out, Thomas’s argument is extremely stupid. We should mold our actions based on our standards and our needs. The morality of the enemy doesn’t play into it.

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