Torture is Bad Even When You Don’t Call it Torture
Here’s Ron Paul making sense at the latest gathering of clowns:
Well, waterboarding is torture. It’s illegal under international law and under our law. It’s also immoral. And it’s also very impractical. There’s no evidence that you really get reliable evidence. Why would you accept the position of torturing 100 people because you know one person might have information? And that’s what you do when you accept the principle of torture. I think it’s uncivilized and has no practical advantages and is really un-American to accept on principle that we will torture people that we capture.
It’s too bad Paul is so cooky in other ways — he’s smart and consistently reasonable about these sorts of things, certainly more so than most of his peers. Herman Cain sounds a lot more like a GOP candidate:
I agree that it was an enhanced interrogation technique….I don’t see it as torture. I see it as an enhanced interrogation technique.
I think the lesson for the kids here is that the way to get away with doing bad stuff is through the magic of calling it something else. Example:
Teacher: Young man, I want you to stop talking during my class.
Lil’ Yoo: I wasn’t talking. I was practicing extroverted thinking techniques.
Lil’ Yoo: I was thinking with sounds.
Teacher: You were talking to Lil’ Rummy.
Lil’ Rummy: He was extroverted thinking in my direction.
I’d call this Orwellian, but it lacks the panache of something like, say, the Ministry of Love. It’s just dumb.