Is it OK to TORTURE?
I’m not sure why I haven’t written on this subject up until now. There is a part of me that sits in disbelief when I hear the topic on the news or in discussion. There is a part of me that thinks how can we even be discussing this topic as an option in a reasonable way with intellectual people. I have visions of Nazi Germany and death camps.
I find it chilling.
The subject is torture.
To me, the question regarding whether we should use torture or, as Joseph Goebbels would put it "enhanced interrogation techniques", in order to gain information is bad enough, the fact that we have been using it paralyzes me. First of all, I have a son that almost went into the military. Maybe that fact alone gives me perspective. When I think about my son being put in a situation where he is told to torture someone or being tortured is more than I can bear. It’s always easier to think of subjects like these when they are being done by someone else, to someone else, far, far away. To personalize the subject is to clarify the subject. And, make no mistake, if we torture, our troops will be tortured. We will reap what we sow.
For all those who would make the argument that water-boarding is NOT torture; I disrespectfully disagree. I suggest before a panel is arranged before any argument is taken, before any discussion is entered into that you try it yourself. And I know, I know you aren't going to do this but why not just do this one thing. Next time you are in the shower tilt your head back and let the water flow into your nose and mouth, see how just that one little act feels. Now try, just try to understand how that might feel with your hands tied and someone else doing this to you. In fact, I think it would be a great idea to have the entire Congress, The Supreme Court and the President water-boarded, then get back to me (or us) on the subject.
Some have argued that torture is the only way that we can ensure our safety and get the information that we need. I have only one question regarding the efficacy of torture…who would not make up anything, say anything, confess to anything to get out of being tortured?
Finally, the path that we have taken is evil and needs to be corrected. It violates all standards of good including the Geneva Convention as well as the Judeo Christian standard of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. Do you disagree? Then I challenge you to try it yourself, and please get back to me with the results. Germany still has the stigma of the Nazi era and more than likely it will never be forgotten, is this what you want to be known for as an American?
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