From peter kay a venture capitalist. Thanks for your input. Ill add my own comments after yours.
“You’ve been watching too much CNN and MSNBC and reading too much NY Times.
Get a grip on “torture”. Get some context on “Torture” used in previous wars and then show us how we compare to those wars.
Compare our “torture” with every other nation’s torture (including our current enemy who enjoys televising beheadings) and show us where we are on the list.
Finally, get a real grip on “due process” in wartime. Find out how much due process is owed to enemy combatants who do not follow the Geneva convention.
Put some context in your posts that’s a little better than WTF!!!.
You’re a sharp entreprneur but a crappy political observer.
Comparing your President to Stalin & Hitler? WTF!!!! Context, please.”
First, peter is right that these are my own off the cuff observations. However, I disagree with his assertion that we should put this torture in the context of other acts past and present.
That implies a) that some torture is ok and b) that it can be justified if either your enemy does it or its more mild than past forms.
America has always held itself to a higher moral platform as it should. We didn’t justify torturing nazis or japanese pow’s even though they were killing our troops. Same was true in vietnam.
I will ask you peter, please tell us when you think torture is justified and what form is acceptable?
Remember one thing, govts are institutions, not people. When we let our institutions act immorally the consequences usually go way beyond the first rationalized act.
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