This is my first blog on this site, so I should keep it light and simple, but I’m not. It’s a heavy topic (at least for me), but worth tackling. The subject is that of torturing terrorists in order to obtain information of plans for future attacks so we can stop said attacks and save innocent lives. Specifically, this blog deals with those people who are against torturing these terrorists and who believe we do not treat them fairly. Generally, my blogs are less passionate but this subject gets me rather fired up.
This country affords even the lowliest of citizens the right to speak their mind freely and openly. In our modern day and age, with technology capable of delivering knowledge and information to us in the blink of an eye, we can speak our minds in much larger forums than in the past. Unfortunately, as with a broken wheel, those who speak the loudest seem to be those arrogant people with closed minds and open mouths. These walking oxymorons insist that they respect the freedoms and rights of all people while simultaneously condemning anyone who dares disagree with them. Such condemnation displays a gross lack of respect. Bearing all this in mind, I have decided to speak loudly for once, and let all the respectful individuals out there know what I think about a certain issue. These respectful individuals are free to respectfully disagree and perhaps even respectfully outline their arguments which counter my views presented here. Tragically, it is more likely in my experience that these respectful people will respond with ambiguous schoolyard insults and leave it at that. We shall see.
*PHARISAIC: HYPOCRITICALLY SELF-RIGHTEOUS AND CONDEMNATORY.
*SANCTIMONIOUS: FEIGNING PIETY OR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
These are words I apply to anyone who is adamantly against torturing a murderer to save the lives of innocents. Anyone who professes to be a caring, sympathetic, peace-loving person, and who then speaks up in the defense of the criminal rather than the victim is a sanctimonious liar. Common sense allows me to see the BIG PICTURE.
*EMPATHY: IDENTIFICATION WITH AND UNDERSTANDING OF ANOTHER’S SITUATION, FEELINGS, AND MOTIVES.
I am an empathetic person; when I hear of or witness another’s pain, I cannot help but put myself in their position and vividly imagine what it must be like for them. I feel their pain, and it breaks my heart with sorrow, pity, and helpless despair. I don’t think sanctimonious people have ever experienced true pain, true horror, or true despair, and therefore they cannot possibly understand what victims go through. It’s easy to stand on your spineless soapbox and preach about the barbarity of torture when you’ve never been a victim in your life. You may be thinking me a hypocrite for calling myself empathetic and then speaking against your viewpoint. This would be incorrect. I see where you are coming from and I understand how you might have come to feel that way. But I cannot agree with you. A terrorist who kills as easily as he breaths, and who is part of a larger group of like-minded zealots with like-minded murderous intent, can be given no quarter. It will cost lives. It is far better to be safe than sorry, because waiting for a tragedy and then studying it in retrospect is a very foolish thing to do when we know how to prevent such tragedy altogether. It’s like a pit bull that’s killed a chicken. Are you going to gently chastise it and then put it back in with the rest of the chickens, hoping your chastising will have subdued its bred instincts? Foolish. How can people not see how foolish it is?
*TORTURE: INFLICTION OF SEVERE PHYSICAL PAIN AS A MEANS OF PUNISHMENT OR COERSION; EXCRUCIATING MENTAL OR PHYSICAL PAIN, ANGUISH, OR AGONY.
Incidentally, I use the word “torture” loosely, because we don’t even truly torture; it’s an endurance drain, much like breaking a wild horse. Read up on the torture methods of medieval France or those of our current enemy if you would like to know what real torture is. What we do is tender loving in comparison.
By torturing a single man, we can obtain information which can save thousands of innocent lives. Nothing should be more important than the preservation of human life. Any person who has murdered an innocent in cold blood deserves far worse treatment than that which we afford the terrorists we capture. Their very religion revolves around murder. I’m completely in favor of respecting the beliefs of others, but when innocent lives are taken, my respect and tolerance is forfeit, as should yours be, as should ANYONE’S. Again, it’s easy to stand on your soap box and shout demands for fair and gentle treatment when you’re across the globe from the threat. But what if it was your daughter’s head that was slowly sawed off in front of a camera? What if it was your brother who had boiling oil poured down his throat? What if it was your wife and children who were gunned down in the street? Would you still demand “fair” treatment of the terrorist if you knew that other lives could be saved by torturing this murdering barbarian for information?
This is the reality over there. Imagine being a captive of these dogs, knowing you could be killed at any moment, kept in a cell not fit for a sewer rat, waiting until your videotaped murder can be used a leverage in their sadistic little worldly game. Starved, probably sick from what little food and water you do get, possibly nursing an infection from untended wounds suffered when they pulled off your fingernails or cut out your tongue. Utterly alone in a hostile alien world, hearing the screams and death rattles of others like you, knowing you did nothing to deserve this besides being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You aren’t a combatant, you’re a peace-loving innocent. Do you think they’ll listen? Do you think you could talk them into letting you go? Do you think some kind words will convince them to stop the violence and hatred? Are you honestly dense and blind enough to think that an ancient culture of violent warriors will be swayed by a few gentle words? These are bloodthirsty zealots who are indoctrinated from birth to hate the west. All they know is violence and murder. Their only goal is to kill as many of us as they can. This isn’t uneducated paranoia speaking, this is their religion. Research it; these are the facts. We are not welcome in the world they want to create. Our very culture is an affront to their religion and their religion is behind everything they do. Peace has no place in their world. Displays of kindness are a weakness to them and they use it to their advantage. Brute force is all that will stop them. Is this then our fault? Are we like these murderers because we fight them? Do we stoop to their level because we torture them? NO. This is why:
-TERRORIST: Kills innocents (non-combatants); tortures innocents for pleasure and religious vindication; uses brutal, crude, and deadly torture methods; kills because he hates.
-U.S. SOLDIER: Kills terrorists (combatants); tortures terrorists for information to save innocents; uses nonlethal, nontraumatic torture methods; kills to defend innocents.
We are not on their level, and saying so is a cruel disservice to those brave U.S. soldiers who have sacrificed the easy life we take for granted over here in order to save lives both here and there. If you have never sacrificed anything and are too dense to imagine it, then at least respect it.
We are already far too lenient on terrorists. I imagine they view us as a great big nation full of buffoons and pansies ripe for annihilation, since as of late we do nothing but lie down and take it, then apologize to everyone for everything (even though throughout history our country has helped and given to more nations in need than anyone else). All the while our troops are over there defending innocent people from oppression and tyranny, something the peace-loving big mouths here have never experienced and can’t even begin to imagine. If inflicting pain on a single mass-murderer will save innocent lives, why would anyone speak out against it for any reason besides getting attention and making themselves puffy with faux moral superiority? The thing these peace-loving hippies don’t seem to realize is that the peace they value so much isn’t free. We aren’t living in heaven. There is always a price, and rather than speak out against the people who are willing to sacrifice everything to run the war machine which ultimately brings peace, we need to be thanking them for everything we have. We are beyond fortunate to live where we do, with the freedoms and privileges we have. It isn’t perfect, but of course it never will be. This is earth, not some dreamscape utopia paradise run by angels. We have it very good here in this country, and we should be thankful for the people who do the dirty work for us to keep it this way. They do what is necessary each day to ensure we can keep on living and breathing, making money and spending it, marrying whom we please, believing what we want, wearing what we like, and never having to experience the bloody horror that they face down for us. I salute our troops, I salute the men and women who make the tough calls, and I salute the men and women who are willing to torture invaluable information out of a tight-lipped mass-murderer to save innocent people. You are all real-life super heroes.
I look down upon those who call for kinder treatment of captured terrorists. I look down upon those who want our troops pulled out, leaving the innocents over there at the mercy of the hounds (remember Vietnam, and the 3 MILLION Cambodian innocents who were slaughtered after the U.S. pulled our troops out), and I look down upon those who openly speak out against torturing a single murderer when they know it could save thousands of lives. You are villains, and you poison the air and the minds of others with your weakness, hypocrisy, and ignorance. Shame on you.