Thursday, January 13, 2005


"If torture and death squads aren't wrong, then what is?"

Brilliant (what else?) from alicublog:


It is more interesting to me that their Truth Squad's first line of defense is, essentially, that we shouldn't judge too harshly the concept of using vicious, secret paramilitary terrorist groups as instruments of American foreign policy.

It seems these guys have tumbled to an exciting new idea: rather than propagandizing for specific policies, it may be more effective to work on inverting certain of our traditional values -- that torture is un-American, that support for foreign paramilitary criminals is un-American, etc. -- so that, over time, we begin to question what we had once considered moral certainties about violence and fair play. That way, in future, pangs of conscience will not trouble us when something repulsive is proposed. Hell, next time they want to invade someplace, they may not even have to pretend to have a reason; a simple "yee-haw" will do. If torture and death squads aren't wrong, then what is?

I used to wonder if these guys are straight-up agents for the Administration; now I wonder if they're straight-up agents for Satan.
Nothing else to say: "if torture and death squads aren't wrong, then what is?" Um...if I'm a Republican or a warblogger, I guess, missing any chance to prove what a tough guy you are by vicariously torturing all those evil Muslimmy terraists who hate us for our freedom fries. Especially the ones who were just swept up in mass arrests (they're the most evil terraists of all - so clever as to not even be guilty of anything - yet.)

(Thanks to Atrios for this.)
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