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Monday, June 20, 2005
I want to puke
Watching 24 and using it as a jumping off point for the torture debate is one thing. Its fiction and clearly so.
However it's concerning me that there is a growing faction of Americans who aren't simply ignorant of (which is at least partially forgivable) or willing to forgive torture, but actually want this nation to activly practice torture.
Aren't we supposed to be better than our enemy? Hold ourselves to a higher standard? Prove that we aren't the bad guys?
How exactly does torture accomplish this? And if, somehow, torture permits this nation to protect itself, at what greater cost. Germany has been apologizing or trying to forget its blunders in the 30s and 40s for decades. Russia has been struggling with its problems from a few decades. Even our own nation has had to apologize yearly for dropping 2 atomic bombs and terrorizing the public for Communist witch hunts in the 50s.
So where will the path of torture lead us in 10, 20 or 50 years? We've spent the better part of the last century trying to unite the world - are we, or should we - throw those surprisingly small steps for "national security"? If the terrorist threat is as great as they make it out to be why are we the only ones willing to flush our prestige out the window? We're not the only nation to have fallen victim to terrorists in the last 5 years, so why are we the only ones willing to sacrifice everything to protect ourselves?
Something to ponder.
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