Justifications for Torture

Here are four of the reasons Americans give for torturing people and killing children:

  1. Revenge for 9-11, even though George Bush himself said that neither Iraq nor the Taliban had anything to do with 9-11. He said the culprit was Osama bin Laden, a Saudi, living in Pakistan.
  2. Because if countries were allowed to run their economic systems in any way other than corporate capitalism, their success might encourage others to emulate them, e.g. Grenada, Nicaragua, Chile, Iran… (Some confidence in the American system!)
  3. Because, evil doers might someday acquire nuclear weapons. However, it is perfectly ok for the USA, Russia, China, Britain, France, India, Pakistan and Israel to maintain sufficient arsenals to wipe out life on earth many times over and to threaten to use these weapons if they don’t get their way. In the 2002-01-19 SOTU (State Of The Union) speech, the USA announced their intention to annihilate Iran, Iraq and North Korea, then wondered why the Iranians and North Koreans sought a nuclear deterrent to escape the fate of Iraq. Israel announced its plans to annihilate Iran, then complained when the Iranians said that Israel was an illegitimate state with no right to exist (which is true according to international law).
  4. Because the countries they invade have crucial natural resources such as oil, tin, lithium, coltan… that they need for their national security.
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)