Yesterday I had to remove someone from my feed-reader who was all “I’m sick of all these panty-waist liberals crying over the torture of terrorists. We should have done more to them and worse! We need to protect America.”
I haven’t said anything about all the torture revelations because what can you say? There’s something many moms try to convince their heterosexual daughters of–“If he does it for you, he’ll do it to you.” If he steals from his sister to buy you things, someday he’s going to steal from you. If he lies to other folks about you, someday he’ll lie to you. If he cheats on his girlfriend with you, someday he’ll cheat on you. If he leaves his wife for you, someday he’ll leave you.
It’s not always true, but more often than not. People are usually pretty up-front about who they are, if you will listen.
And yes, I am against torture for all kinds of reasons. I know it doesn’t work. I know it breaks the people it’s done to. I know it breaks the people who do it. I know that it makes the world a more dangerous place for our soldiers. And I know any time you’re adopting the methods and strategies of your enemies, you have lost your moral compass as a nation. Not to mention that it was breaking the law.
But the main reason I would expect any American, liberal or conservative, to be appalled and pissed off about torture, to be screaming in the streets for people to be arrested and tried and thrown in prison, for even fucking Nancy Pelosi to have to answer for how she could hear about this when it was going on and not have the guts to risk her political career to end it, is that these are just men and women who did this, who ordered it and who carried it out. Men and women in our goverment.
And, like our moms tried to warn us–if they’ll do it for you, they’ll do it to you.