Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Andrew Sullivan is Unable to Judge Evil
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...And so the cycle of depravity and defeat deepens ...
Is it possible that he cannot discern there is a difference in kind (not degree) in putting underwear on someone's head and gouging out eyes?
I wasn't reading him much any more, but if his judgment is that warped by his obsession with American faux torture and blindness to Jihadist real torture, I'm not missing anything.
More outrage at nothing much:
They strapped Abu Zubaydah to a water-board, which reproduces the agony of drowning. They threatened him with certain death. They withheld medication. They bombarded him with deafening noise and harsh lights, depriving him of sleep. [...]
This shallow, monstrous, weak, and petty man is still the president. God help us.
Water boarding is the only thing in the list that actually might qualify as torture (although it does no damage to the interrogatee). If allowing these sort of harsh interrogation techniques, which are not torture, earns you the title 'monstrous' what word do you use for the people who beat a face unrecognizable and cut off parts. We don't know what word Sullivan would use because he doesn't deign describe the real torturers in this conflict.