Arrow-right Camera
Go to e-Edition Sign up for newsletters Customer service
Subscribe now
Opinion >  Letters

Rationale isn’t rational

The Spokesman-Review

In response to Charles Krauthammer’s column in the Spokesman-Review on May 2, I wonder: Have our morals degenerated to the level of terrorists?

In the past when the Chinese (or the Iraqis or any other nation or terrorist organizations) used waterboarding on U.S. citizens, we all agreed it was torture. But when the U.S. employs waterboarding on enemies it is fully justified, right? Where is the logic in that?

Does anyone believe that anywhere outside of the U.S.? How many Americans believe that nonsense? Torture is torture, regardless of the party committing the vile act. For civilized people everywhere, there is no legitimate justification for torture. The people of our great country stood proudly for a couple of hundred years opposed to torture until a few of the neocons of the Bush administration dragged us into the filth of such actions in the recent past. The consequences of their actions will damage us as a nation (and unfortunately as individuals for a number of unlucky captured Americans) for perhaps years to come.

I believe those individuals who gave the order to employ torture, however high up the chain of command they wielded power, should be held criminally accountable.

Harvey Westford

Davis Lake, Wash.


Letters policy

The Spokesman-Review invites original letters on topics of public interest. Your letter must adhere to the following rules:

  • No more than 250 words
  • We reserve the right to reject letters that are not factually correct, racist or are written with malice.
  • We cannot accept more than one letter a month from the same writer.
  • With each letter, include your daytime phone number and street address.
  • The Spokesman-Review retains the nonexclusive right to archive and re-publish any material submitted for publication.
Unfortunately, we don’t have space to publish all letters received, nor are we able to acknowledge their receipt.
Click here to learn more.

Submit letters using any of the following:

Our online form

Mail: Letters to the Editor
The Spokesman-Review
999 W. Riverside Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201

Fax: (509) 459-3815
Questions?: (509) 459-5430