Thursday, December 02, 2004
These Things Have Turned You Into Something You're Not. Don't Listen To Them
I abhor violence -- but, more than that, I hate suffering. And deliberately inflicting suffering is one of the surest signs of evil I can think of.
It has been our government's policy for almost three years.
WHY IS THERE NO OUTRAGE ABOUT THIS!?
Why don't politicians and clergy and newscasters and pundits and teachers and principals and moms and dads get crazy about our government routinely torturing people?
Quite apart from the treaty violations it encourages, there are two huge moral values reasons why Gonzalez's memo justifying torture is incredibly wrong. The first is that, by torturing captives, it makes it much, much easier for our opponents and enemies to torture our troops -- and civilians -- when they are held captive.
The second is that it is Just Plain Wrong. Torture has no place in human society.
But our government does it. As a matter of routine.
This must stop.
Sometimes irony is the sanest course in the middle of insanity. Perhaps this is why I'm an historian.