It's time for a revolution in our country. Not a revolution forged with guns and bombs but a revolution forged of compassion and altruism. A revolution that extends a hand to those who don't have and who cannot. A revolution that makes Health Care available to all those in the US.
Enhanced interrogation methods may produce useful information, but at the expense of a virtuous reputation. Such a reputation is instrumental to securing the good will of our allies and those countries we occupy.
Last edited by Morality Games; 08-26-09 at 05:20 PM.
I'm sorry, but we live in a dangerous world, and unfortunately people die... noone gets out of this life alive either way. You can't trade freedom for security because eventually everyone is guilty.
Also, if you torture your enemies, you are inviting your enemies to 'return the favor'... So, if you can't stand for providing prisoners of war with some sort of dignity then you'll be come a monster.
I don't expect to change the way things operate in that sense, but more to point out the flaw in the logic. I mean, if you could blow up a building with a few thousand people in order to kill a dictator... then it would be worth nuking a city to save the world... right?? Killing the 90% so that top benefit of the top 10%? Where does it end?
Really... a person will say abosolutely anything you want them to say if you 'interrogate' them hard enough and long enough. Make them feel like they are on the verge of death for days at a time and I bet you could get some pretty incriminating evidence.
Now, on a battlefield, or a warzone and you capture someone that you know has information... you were already going to kill him anyway, so make him talk before... whatever... not to mention the intel provided from other sources... With all the drones, sattelites, and all sorts of technologies that provide information on the ground.
That's a different story from getting the guy to a detention centre, likely in another country, and any information provided is likely to be 'stale'... not to mention how long it takes you to get the guy to 'crack'. Also not mentioning what people will say to get the torture to stop.
So, if the evils that get done in the name of 'protecting' our country wind up destroying the country and what it stands for, is that 'worth it'??
Safety at the barrel of a gun is not my idea of safety... and it's definately not an idea of freedom. Freedom requires the use of guns, but mostly they are holstered.
Innocent people will die all the time... this cannot be prevented no matter how much 'safety' is in place. "For your protection" is the sales pitch of a tyrant, and I've yet to be shown a benevolant tyrant.