So, we now find that America engaged in it in the last few years, which is horrible and tragic. I don’t feel like looking up citations, but I think it’s pretty clear that lines between what is ok under the Geneva Convention (please spare me the ridiculous chatter about categorizations of persons- the important word there is the last one) and what isn’t were crossed. I don’t think this came as a surprise to many, honestly; we all got that there was some shady shit occurring under the former administration.
So, really, this isn’t going to be a rant against the fact that it happened, although that fact in itself does make me incredibly upset (which is bad for the baby: thanks, W.). Ahem. No, no, this is about people’s reactions. I cannot freaking believe how defensive some Americans have been of this action. And not even those who still refuse to acknowledge that what we did should be categorized as torture; the ones who are actually arguing for its moral acceptability. It hurts.
One thing I’ve heard repeatedly is that what we (the US) are doing to our prisoners is no worse than what’s being done to our guys by them. Does this not strike everyone as absurd?! (Louis always gets on me for my debate style that relies heavily on emotion and less on pure logic, but the logic is there, I assure you) Why the hell would we let the bad guys set the standard? Why on earth would we let the most reprehensible thing done to us set the bar for how we will treat others? Would we take the students who are performing the lowest in reading, and set the expected achievement level there? Absolutely not. We are the United States, and respecting innate human rights is what we do. We set the standards, not them. Duh.
Torture rarely produces good information. Someone undergoing the type of treatment that would lead to a coerced confession is rarely in a state of mind that allows for reasonable cognitive processing. Numerous studies have supported this claim (once again, which I am too lazy to defend; if I were in the frame of mind for defense of a position, I’d be doing it for the paper I have due in a week), and while a man on a television show may tell you otherwise, maybe tv isn’t the best authority on these things? Perhaps, just perhaps, the actors on ER don’t actually know anything about surgery; perhaps they were only hired for their appearance and ability to speak lines written by the less-attractive? Perhaps CSI is giving juries unreasonable expectations because they select plots for interest and not reality? Hmm? Perhaps Jack Bauer isn’t the most reliable source for information about whether or not torture is effective? Hmm?
It’s terrible, terrible, terrible for those inflicting the torture. That would be our guys. Our guys who are permanently traumatized and affected by doing things to other human beings that should never be done. And for what? Non-information? I hardly think the sacrifice of American souls is worth faulty information.
My gosh. I can’t believe the things I’ve read in the past few days. And from fellow Christians! Shouldn’t we respect humanity above everyone else? Preserving human LIFE isn’t the most important thing; Christ made that very, very clear. What good is it if you kill your soul to save your body? No good, that’s what.