by Ajax Van Eyndhoven

I listened to Doing Time with Ron Kuby on Air America today. As usual Mr. Kuby started a very intellectually stimulating debate. The subject was whether the use of torture could be tolerated in these United States if it proved to be affective

This is a nonstarter for me. If we are going to condone torture in this great country of ours. Then we have to take a moral inventory of ourselves. We’ll have to look long and hard in the mirror before we give up the high ground we have staked when it comes to human rights. To hear this discussion on left wing radio almost made me nauseous. 

Anything spewing out of Dick Cheney’s pie hole can’t be considered reliable information. Dennis Blair’s one sentence on the subject might be summed up with the old adage “Even a broken watch is right twice a day.” Now it stands to reason that one could get some useful Intel if they were to torture a terrorist, but Blair went on to say that there was no way of knowing whether a simple debriefing wouldn’t get the same results.

Coercion is a short term goal at best. With a long term ramification of acting as a prime recruiting tool for al-Qaeda. Give me an eight ball of cocaine, and I could instantly cure clinical depression in the short term (12 hour binge). Though I think that my patient might be quite suicidal the very next day. 

No one can prove that torture wouldn’t be a better tool to fight terrorism, but as the recently great Shepard Smith said "I don't give a rat's ass if it helps. We are AMERICA! We do not fucking torture!!" As for me. Anyone that would trade our principles for feeling slightly more secure needs to have their moral compass recalibrated. 

Thank you for listening.

Petunia Pumpernickel
4/23/2009 09:39:05 pm

Well, I think you said it all. Although I am getting this great idea for a Water Boarding theme park. Then we can all get in on the fun. Why should it just be for suspected terrorists ?


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