I left this comment in response to this post at HotAir Headlines: Shep on Torture: Not in My Name!
What is interesting to think about is that the delicate sensibilities of many of today’s Americans would probably be outraged by the action taken by America in the past, which ended a war: dropping the bomb(s).
Too many people out there today think that America lost the “moral high ground” back then because we are the only nation to drop the bomb. Too many people don’t even realize that dropping those bombs saved hundreds of thousands of lives and was the lesser of two necessary evils.
The same type of mentality, I believe, permeates through the discussion of “torture” today. As the saying goes “never say never”. It’s really easy for a bunch of pampered elites to say “never torture” when they don’t ever have to make a tough choice except what kind of latte to have or what color tie to put on that day.
My opinion on this is that there should be a definition of torture determined within the military community, not determined by stuffy politicians whose idea of torture is not being able to fly in their private jets or eat premium steaks every day. Also, these definitions should NOT be made public. Also, while these laws should be the standard, there should also be a clause allowing for the laws to be broken in extreme circumstances. Or, if not allowing for them to be broken, simply allowing for a honorable discharge for anyone who participates in torture which was shown to save American lives.
In other words, don’t celebrate or condone the acts of torture, but also make it clear within the military community and C.I.A. that if torture is done to save American lives, then those who administered it and saved the lives will not have their lives ruined as a result.
This really is a simple thing. There is no moral high ground in being dead.
And for those who think the “ticking time bomb” scenario will never happen, I’m sure most people never thought that we’d ever have to make a decision on whether or not to drop the bomb. I’m sure people never thought that a man such as Hitler would execute the Holocaust.
“Never say never”.
Also, “We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” — Winston Churchill
Michael in MI on April 23, 2009 at 12:12 PM