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5 comments | Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The idea that because the U.S. government is fighting terrorists and terrorism, and therefore the U.S. must change its long held policies and practices with respect to this fight seems deeply flawed. In fact, this argument is being proffered by the supposed party of moral values (Republican Party plus a dwindling number of conservative Democrats and liberal hawks). What can we say is the moral judgment on practices such as disappearing people and torturing prisoners? If the U.S. thinks of itself as a nation of moral values why would Americans change any moral or ethical practices at the behest of terrorists? The answer, of course, is that if America really was a nation of strong morals, it would not disappear people and torture 'enemy combatants'. To stoop to the level of the terrorists would be morally objectionable.

One would hope the American people can come to this same realization sooner than later, so that a new leadership can direct the country on a more moral course in dealing with the problem of global terrorism. If this is not America's future, America has surely lost its moral compass and probably its moral credibility to most other nations of the world.


Blogger Anonymous Assclown said...

I don't understand how you can argue that we've "lost our moral compass" when the U.S isn't doing anything different than it has in the last 230 years. We tortured people in Vietnam, probably moreso than we do now. We had foreign prison camps in WWII, probably more populated than we do now. We subjected prisoners to horrific conditions in Andersonville in the Civil War.
So either we've maintained the same morals we've always had OR we've had none to begin with.

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I know this sounds like a copout but I agree with about everything you've written on your page.
Great observations...Best wishes.

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