Has anyone out there forgotten that we are the good guys in this Global War on Terror? Andrew Sullivan thinks we are the same as our enemies, apparently.
I doubt whether even Donald Rumsfeld will describe what has been done to two young American soldiers as a “coercive interrogation technique.” But you never know. Some people wonder why I remain so concerned about torture, and the surrender of our moral standing with respect to this unmitigated evil. Maybe the news of captured, tortured and murdered Americans will jog their conscience. Or maybe it will simply reinforce the logic of torture-reciprocity endorsed by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Gonzales.
Yeah, war is hell. But for crying out loud! Our side is on the right one in the fight against Islamic fascism and terror. Sullivan, like many in the news media, now equates the American struggle to the terrorists. It is just outrageous.
**UPDATE** – Since I wrote this item, I’ve had some additional thoughts.
The terrorists use torture and barbaric beheadings as a way to kill as many people as possible. It is their rule, not their exception.
The USA and its allies may use torture as an exception, not the rule. But we engage in those interregation techniques in order to keep alive as many people as possible. There is a moral difference.
Are we all forgetting Osama bin Laden’s revealing mantra?
“We love death. The U.S. loves life. That is the big difference between us.”
America is feeling raw, enraged, confused, saddened and unsettled by this inhumanity.
So, where is President George W. Bush? Where is the comforting or determined speech that you would expect from a leader at this time?
It doesn’t have to be an 30 minute address with an aircraft carrier in the backdrop, but how about using this “coincidental” information from Tuesday to define to the Free World and America what we are up against?
The terrorists pushed the moral argument back on the side of freedom, yesterday.
It doesn’t have to be a Gettysburg Address, President Bush, but please, throw out a bone.
Yes, Mr. President. Where art thou in this crucial time to rally your nation?
UP-UPDATE (from GPW): I may have more to say on this later in the day, but concerning Andrew Sullivan’s remarks (which Bruce quotes above), I can’t improve upon Dan Riehl’s one word rejoinder to Andrew’s outburst. And over at the Conjecturer, Joshua Foust has another one-word rejoinder for Andrew’s post: “revolting.” A bit more diplomatic than the other Dan’s.