Legality should offer only a blurry reflection of morality, not its mirror image. Note that death cults may be exempt from this rule, however, vid. Terrorist prisoners are different from other, legitimate, EPW’s. No offense, your probably a nice guy. Nice use of the Rumsfeld scare tactic. And yet, I wonder how many of you would argue that those events were justified.
But it meets the three criteria of an ethical code: Each time they raise their hand in violence, I suspect that deep, deep inside them, their conscience screams and they willingly deafen their ears to it. It’s the core of the Commander-in-Chief function. If only because of the rank hypocrisy behind it, one should not extend to rendition the customary distinction between directly causing harm and merely allowing it. As a final note, I must disagree with the posters that state that this is a black-and-white issue. My ideals have been tested, many times, and you know what?
As I stated in my last post, torture is really about punishment, humiliation, and control. Our concern has been misdirected by politicians into a poorly managed memorial that has yet to be persuasivee and a misguided and also poorly managed war with Iraq. Do we recoil from torture because it treats a person only as a means to an end?
They may believe it is so; but that does not make it so. When you are dealing with hostile enemies, “respect” is simply another term for “fear.
Torture by another name: CIA used ‘water dousing’ on at least 12 detainees
Are you now of such a mind that you would 1 make a public statement that would reveal that a person such as yourself high ranking and venerable IOT benefit…oh what, stopping waterboarding of terrorist captured from the battlefield? Our own code of warfare, such as it is, dictates that it apply equally to both sides—as do the Geneva Conventions. I am opposed to torture for four main reasons: I am saying that in the end you watergoarding be the only owner of your decision.
Proudly powered by WordPress. W hat is torture? However, if I knew an Al Queda operative was being subjected to waterboarding, and was about to reveal a critical peice of information regarding a future terrorist attack, and I was the only one who could stop the brutal interrogation, I would probably walk pretty waterboaeding to where it was talking place before I put a stop to it.
Or so our modern liberal sensibilities tell us. Evans, that you would be appalled by such actions.
How to Argue Against Torture
Basic utilitarianism of rights says yes. The whole process combined is designed to break the will and sanity of the captive. Nothing is evil of itself, but the spirit in which it is done. But do we need a law for a bad act that happens at one millionth the rate of murder? Torture is not or should not be our way of life.
When we fight against our enemies, what are we fighting for? S government and many lawyers jumped through to rationalize torture when so many documents and treaties countered that shows that even the government knew they were breaking their own rules.
Well, maybe I wouldn’t walk slow, but I sure wouldn’t run.
However, I do believe torture is morally wrong. I meant to sound tendentious. However, you are incorrect in your implied assumption that I now second guess, or am opposed to, such actions because I witnessed death and destruction and, in fact, was responsible for some of it.
An old American tradition of state-sponsored torture even has its own lexicon: In Vietnam, service members were placed under investigation when a photo of a field-expedient waterboarding became publicly known.
That official account is complicated by internal CIA documentation cited by the intelligence panel. Third, the philosophical value of hypotheticals is undeniable. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. This central dilemma arises in principle—we can all imagine ourselves in an extreme situation about which we cannot say with certainty that we would not torture—but does it arise in practice? Bush, who approve of these interrogation tactics and believe that it is just, could lead to a slippery slope of governmental disorder and law breaking.
Yes, we have our reputation to consider, as well as our moral integrity, but let’s bring this down to more personal terms.
In a perfect world, we would be able to. You must accept the guilt for your action as the necessary consequence of your freedom and you must reject any attempt to justify your choice.
I’ve been just about everywhere in the Middle East and Africa it’s possible to go. Is there any reason that we might feel uncomfortable making waterboardng part of SERE training?