Another reader (among many) writes:
I sincerely appreciate your ongoing comments on torture. Torture is wrong wherever it is done, and by whomever it is done. Keep the heat on those who now engage in the moral equivalency that was once so despised by the Right.
It is a sad period indeed when we must even discuss it in the context of creating or modifying laws to allow this to happen. Senator McCain, I believe, said that our decision to torture has more to do with who we are than who they are. Perhaps my disappointment stems from my naive belief that we were the good guys in this global struggle, and my sadness from knowing that I am a citizen of a country that officially engages in torture. We are no better than they, now.
Please keep it up. I am a firm believer that we must retain the moral high ground in this conflict. Of course, we've probably irrevocably lost it ...
But even for those who believe the ends justify the means (to whom morals are expendable) are making a grave error by supporting torture: we know that it is far from the case that every suspect brought into US custody is actually guilty of anything, let alone "fanatical mass-murder". Such people are simply subject to abuse in proportion to the extremity of our methods. From their perspective, we are the terrorists. Whether guilty or not, many will be converted to even more fanatical extremists by this extreme treatment.
It is a mistake to support the government in using such methods. We don't really want the government to have this power. One day, dare I say, it could even be used against dissenters like us.
We are still better than them, of course. But if the torture bill passes, much less so. And that lost high ground makes this war harder not easier to win. We have surrendered one of our most powerful and important weapons: our soul and our principles. And once you have surrendered them, it is extremely hard to get them back.
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