Skip to comments.Being nice to suspected terrorists is suicidal
Posted on 09/22/2006 11:19:10 PM PDT by humint
When you enter a boxing ring, you agree to abide by the rules of boxing. But when you are attacked from behind in a dark alley, you would be a fool to abide by the Marquis of Queensbury rules. If you do, you can end up being a dead fool.
(Excerpt) Read more at tsowell.com ...
|Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His column is distributed by Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century, Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045. His column is published Thursday in the newspaper and Sunday online.|
Even with a nuclear Iran looming on the horizon and the prospect that its nuclear weapons will end up in the hands of international terrorists that it has been sponsoring for years, many in the media and the government that is supposed to protect us have been preoccupied with whether we are being nice enough to the terrorists in our custody.
And most Americans have never heard of Mr. Sowell.............wonder why THAT is?
Because there are just too many sheople in this country with their heads buried in the sand listening to only those who provide what evidence they need to support their warped view. They don't venture outside of their comfort zone and listen to what others have to say, as that might just change their world ideology.
I disagree. Most Americans have transcended - and now have their head in the air.
Fallout can be identified as to the source. I would not want to be near or downwind of the country that provided the sandmaggots with the means to commit another mass murder of Americans.
The euroweenies can arrange their own aftermath.
To Transcend is to rise above. Those that have their heads in the air will not stay there, but will fall with devastating results. Just keep watching the next elections.
Article: In short, the clash between Senator McCain, et al., and the President of the United States is more than just another political clash. It is part of a far more general, and ultimately suicidal, confusion and hand-wringing in the face of mortal dangers.
HUMINT: This statement nails it. Unfortunately it doesnt fix anything. Some jobs suck and there's nothing anybody can do about it. Compelling confessions makes interesting television - but doing it for a living is worse than treating sewage. In fact the two jobs are synonymous. Jobs to compel confessions are inherently rare and are almost always clandestine. Therefore there's very little social context to support their requisite coercive techniques.
What I think most people miss however is where and when torturous [as opposed to coercive] techniques are used. Inspecting the historical applications of torture and comparing those to acts of terrorism, one quickly realizes similarities. A torturer has no regard for the sanctity of the lives of their enemy - just as the terrorist is committed to exterminating their foes.
While the West is compelled to intrusively inspect the minds of terrorists and criminals, the objective is always to save lives. Alternatively, the Iranian government among other state and non-state actors - is committed to destroying dissent. While there is no moral equivalent to Western interrogation and medieval torture, the issue deserves juxtaposition. Where we are now [in terms of violence] is not where we want to be. Where they are now is exactly where our ancestors have been. No Red Blooded American will return to medieval society without a fight.
Our objective to transcend, not retreat.
So is releasing level III sex offenders back into society but we do it every day.
I love Sowell. The guy is simply brilliant and as usual he nails it.
And whether we are being accommodating enough to those terrorists not yet in our custody!
Good article and thanks for the ping.
Another quote from Dr. Sowell's article. This man has developed wisdom...
"Sheltered for years from terrorist dangers that we so much feared after the Sept. 11th attacks, many have come to act as if those dangers do not exist and that we now have the luxury of dismantling the means by which they have been held at bay this long.
In a country where all sorts of individuals and organizations tap into our personal computers and our computerized medical, financial and other records, some have gone ballistic over the fact that the federal government tries to keep track of who is being phoned by international terrorist organizations.
No amount of security precautions can protect us from all the thousands of ways in which terrorists can strike at times and places of their own choosing -- and eventually strike with nuclear weapons. Our only hope is to get advance information from those we capture as to where other terrorists are and how they operate.
Squeamishness about how this is done is not a sign of higher morality but of irresponsibility in the face of mortal dangers."
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