"It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens." Woody Allen.
70% of people who think that torture IS an option are bereft of values and ethics? Interesting.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
Thank you, Quazi!
Edit: I also have to say that one could never know the answer to that question until put in the position.
Last edited by MaggieD; 11-14-10 at 10:01 AM.
Thank you, Quazi!
Assume you are President, and decide to let the nuke go off rather than torture a handfull of terrorists.There are noble reasons to die.
How do you explain your decision to the American people, and how long do you think you have before you're shot?
I do. In less than a heartbeat.Edit: I also have to say that one could never know the answer to that question until put in the position.
yup. if a terrorist is willing to utilize nuclear weaponry against a noncombatant city, then they give up their rights to humane treatment. the laws of war are there to make war more humane; the assumption is that both belligerents will obey them. if one tosses them away in order to murder more; he cannot claim their protection when captured.
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
For example: There is a "Rules Is Rules" email floating around with a series of photos of a train which developed a hot box (burned out bearing in one of the wheels). Policy is to stop the train immediately, and railroad HQ insisted that the policy be followed in spite of the crew's recommendation to move forward because the train was sitting on top of a wooden trestle. Policy was followed, the trestle caught fire; trestle, train and cargo were all lost.
"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress & the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."
- Abraham Lincoln