The Great Divide

Remember my Republican friend? Well, he’s a friend no more. He stepped over the line.

I firmly believe that George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condi Rice – all of them – are war criminals who have shamed the United States forever by using torture in their trumped up War on Terror. The Bush Crime Family used White House attorneys John Yoo and James Bybee to concoct a laborious and twisted new definition of torture in order to cover their war criminal asses.

The Bush administration attempted to redefine torture thusly:

To be torture, the memo concluded, physical pain must be “equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death.” And inflicting that severe pain, according to the memo, must have been the “specific intent” of the defendant to amount to a violation of the statute.

So, now, according to the Bush administration, they could now do any old thing they wanted to to a prisoner or detainee – as long as they 1) didn’t cause organ failure and/or death, and 2) they did it out of patriotism (instead of good old-fashioned sadism) – and the pain didn’t count.


I said bullshit then, and I say bullshit now. We Americans prosecuted not only Japanese prisoners of war for waterboarding  American soldiers, but we have prosecuted Americans as well. As it says in the linked article, “Waterboarding used to be a crime.”  As far as I’m concerned, it is still a crime – and no amount of silly fearmongering bullshit about “Islamofascism” and self-serving pretzel logic from attorneys who would feel right at home working for a Mafia capo is enough to justify the torture of another human being. Ever.

My Republican ex-friend implied that I was being silly when I called the Bushies war criminals. Why, he said, they couldn’t possibly be war criminals, because the lawyers said that it was legal! Silly me, right? John Yoo said it was okay, and voila! No torture, no war criminals, just flag-waving American patriots defending their country from those nasty Islamofascist terrorists who want to kill us.

The fact that we Americans used torture on prisoners is a stain on our national soul and our honor, and I will not speak to someone who defends that, nor will I ever call him or her a friend.


6 responses to this post.

  1. It is not worth arguing against ideology because the more you do, the more they become entrenched in their beliefs. I am sorry you lost someone you thought of as a friend, but this person, does not have any real friends because their relationships revolve around ideology. If you take that away, they know nothing about each other.

    I know someone entrenched GOP that saw the light and send “I am done with the bush family”. It Took him 2 terms of hell & has not voted since. Thinks evil of liberals, but at least he is not harming us with the current crap they call GOP.

    Great blog my friend. Well said.


  2. The sad truth is that legally, torturers within this safety net cannot be touched. Morally, they are bankrupt. Supporters are blinkered. Apart from moral considerations, be aware of this: allow torture legally, and you allow your service personnel to be tortured with the same freedom. And just because some of the ‘enemy’ are torturers and morally bankrupt, this does not give you the right to sink to their level. Sanction it officially, support it silently and you never can hold your head up again and call yourself human. You are no better than they.


    • Posted by Leftside Annie on August 17, 2011 at 6:56 am

      Thanks for your comment, Denis. However, I don’t agree, because I believe that that new “beard” for torture is, in itself, illegal. I may not have a leg to stand on, but I would like to see someone – anyone – with guts try to overturn this in court, because I don’t believe it would stand.


      • I would love to think you are right. But who will bell the cat? Good luck to them is all I can say. This acceptance of torture, as promoted in TV series such as ’24’, is an evil that will come back to haunt US Governments unless they disavow it completely.

      • Posted by Leftside Annie on August 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm

        Fucking “24” – we are NEVER going to live that shit down.

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