Friday, May 15, 2009

Torture Used to Hunt For Iraq-al Qaeda Links After The Fall Of Iraq???

Rachel Maddow just said that there's now evidence that torture was used to push for Iraq-al Qaeda links after Iraq fell.

Now, let's get one thing straight before any of this goes any farther:

Let's ignore the question of whether torture can be justified in order to thwart attacks; here's one thing that can be said with certainty--if torture was used to hunt for Iraq-al Qaeda links, then the people who ordered it must be put on trial.

Now, a real dedicated dead-ender sophist might try to argue that hunting for Iraq-al Qaeda links was some kind of attempt to thwart attacks. This would be idiotic and despicable, but stupider things get argued all the time.

Even the most ardent dead-enders must agree, however, that there can be no possible justification for torturing in search of evidence for those links after Iraq had already fallen.

One of the many astonishing things about all this is that if Bush/Cheney & co. had been merely ordinarily ruthless and evil about all this, they would have gotten away scot free. Only by being really extraordinarily evil--even by the standards of such people--have they apparently put themselves in danger of being held to account.

If you're not furious to the point of breaking things at this point, you aren't thinking hard enough about this stuff.


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