February 12, 2008
Safe From Democracy
With arguments like these, it's easy to see how those formerly persecuted by the Nazis now employ their tactics with justification. It's how the U.S. can kill thousands of innocent civilians with weapons of mass destruction but illegally invade another country just to search for ones that MIGHT be used and were never there in the first place. Oh, and kill thousands in the process.
It's doublethink a la Orwell.
I just hate seeing and hearing it come true. All this "argument" back and forth on whether or not waterboarding is torture is a semantical mess. Of course it is! Someone is tied down, head to the floor, and water is poured over their face and into their nose and mouth so they can't breathe to elicit a confession.
What's that? Being NICE?
In fact, it so much fits the definition of torture that Japanese military personnel (torturers) were executed for committing a crime. The U.S. saw to it that capital punishment was meted out for committing a crime on their and their allied soldiers, and this punishment was death.
So back in WWII, waterboarding was not only torture, but a war crime worth punishment. And now we do it to others trying to say it's not torture, nor a crime. The supporters will say -- but it's to save lives and prevent catastrophe!!!
Well, like Jon Stewart said last night, don't you think the Japanese "interrogators" were trying to stop widespread death and destruction from massive nuclear attack on their nation's innocent civilians (i.e. the atomic bombs we droppped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki) and equally justified this method to extract details on the awful plot?
Oh but that's different. They were in the wrong.
Last time I checked, any right or wrong/good or evil is subjective at best, and there are other people, other cultures, and other religions on this big ball of earth than us. We don't set the rules. I know we think we do, and that is why the world is screwed up and no-one is safe from Democracy.
That's right. From.