Hoagie Sez: I don’t know how many battles you’ve engaged in Whistler, but as a man who spent 520 consecutive days in a theatre of war and participated in 42 battles, torture does work. You may not like it. You may not have the ability to inflict it. But it really does work. If it did not work no one would use it now would they? You may sit in your ivory tower and pontificate about the dignity of America all you want, but when our lives and those of our fellow warriors or families are at stake there is no line we will not cross to achieve victory. That’s why war sucks. All wars suck, even when we know we are right. It still sucks.
“…when our lives and those of our fellow warriors or families are at stake there is no line we will not cross to achieve victory.”Y’know… I’m not actually opposed to that. If you really believe you’re in the classic ticking time bomb scenario, and truly believe you can end it Jack Bauer-style via torture, you do it. But then you stand trial, and justify your actions before a jury of your peers. I have little problem with jury nullification, and believe that a guy whose act of torture saved the lives of tens, hundreds, or thousands would never be convicted.
Posted 5 May 2011 at 13:12