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Saturday, November 10, 2007

No to Torture

Can you believe that we are having a debate in America about what kind of torture is tolerable? I will tell you what kind of torture is tolerable - no torture is tolerable.- John Edwards

The new attorney general cannot tell us whether waterboarding, a practice dating back from the Inquisition to Pol Pot, is illegal. It's almost a given in many GOP circles that it's legit. So much so that I've decided to become a single issue voter.

No one who can't say what Edwards said of torture, as defined by the Geneva Convention and US statute, is worthy of a vote for office. Bush's embrace of torture has destroyed a key moral principle and if it's not upheld soon, what was once extrordinary will be ordinary.

2 Comments:

At 9:04 AM , Anonymous Tim said...

There is a little good news in the world, however. Over in New York folks have the decency to stand against torture: http://jintoku.blogspot.com/2007/11/white-smoke-of-sorts.html.

 
At 3:52 PM , Blogger Bill Baar said...

The debate is not on torture.

The Geneva convention says only name, rank, and serial number can be asked of a POW.

The question is can any more information be coerced from a combatant who fights outside the rules of the convention.

If you think only name, rank, and serial number should be asked, then the debate is done.

The combatant is not a criminal, should not be bound over for trial, and they sit it out in a cage for the duration.

 

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