No instance, no motivational factors are tenable in the willful mistreatment of other human beings. Fear can never be the determining force of our behavior; it simply cannot be.
If we succumb to such reactionary impulses, we’re turning the entire human race into nothing more than a despicable species; the lowest form of life on the planet.
Through such abhorrent barbarism, we’re fully approving congenerous behavior, by those we consider our enemies, to be exacted upon us and our own.
There simply are no perversions of law, or manipulation of language, as the Bush Administration so ardently sought, that constitutes righteous acceptance of torture, or indeterminate incarceration.
Though it’s highly unlikely they will ever be prosecuted, the legacy of the Bush Administration is now and will forever be seen as nothing more than a heinous blight on the history of humanity.
They have so much for which to be proud!
We owe a huge debt of gratitude for the few in power who stood up to Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Yoo, and David Addington.
They are the voice of reason among despots. History will be generous to them.
Six Americans Who Prove Bush and Cheney Didn’t Have to Do It
By Rebecca Gordon TomDispatch.com February 10, 2015
Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here.
Why was it again that, as President Obama said, “we tortured some folks” after the 9/11 attacks? Oh, right, because we were terrified. Because everyone knows that being afraid gives you moral license to do whatever you need to do to keep yourself safe. That’s why we don’t shame or punish those who were too scared to imagine doing anything else. We honor and revere them.
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