May 3, 2009 in Letters

Evil disgraces our ancestors

The Spokesman-Review
 

When we became a nation that embarked down the sinister path toward torture, we became less. Great shame was brought on us because of this hideous practice. It is and always has been evil, unconstitutional, immoral and a completely un-American exercise in shame. Those who have welcomed this unreliable filth have disgraced our flag, our ancestors’ sacrifices and the dust of their bones.

Once we believe that torture is OK, that we’re still pure, clean and good for having accepted it, we open ourselves up to many evil-embraced horrors of our own making. Its adherents already believe in pre-emptive war and collateral damage without a conscious thought of the results.

How long before they embrace it as domestic policy? One not only used against a suspect but also, as in Iraq, inflicted on any family members or friends who may have desired information.

Torture, a well-documented war crime, is evil everywhere it’s practiced. It must never be used for information, punishment, intimidation or for any of the other screwy reasons governments or “freedom fighters” deploy it.

All those traitors to “mom, apple pie and the American way” should be prosecuted, regardless of to whom it may lead.

Ken Wells

Spokane


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