« on: May 04, 2009, 10:14:54 PM »
I think it's hard to argue for any kind of "principles" or "dignity" when discussing torture. Our country trains a large group of people to kill others because they are from another country. That's what war is. We blow people up, stab them, shoot them, drop bombs on them, etc. To me, using harsh interrogation techniques is just a nasty side note of this unfortunate reality. It's hard to see the logic in thinking its ok to disembowel somebody on the battlefield, but it's not ok to hold a wet towel on their face. It's all equally horrible.
It just occurred to me, btw, that this reminds me a lot of John Locke's rationalization for why slavery is okay. "We can kill people, so we can do something less bad to them."
Well, I don't know if I agree with those words. I'm equally against war, torture, and slavery. I'm pretty sure you are as well, based on some of your previous comments. I would write more, but I'm feeling incredibly inarticulate at the moment. I imagine there are some people on this board who think I'm like that all the time in all of my posts. Oh well.
I guess that I'm more against torture or slavery than I am against war actually. Against all of them in general though.