"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Friday, August 04, 2006

The Terror War and the Justification for Torture

The crisis is unprecedented, the stakes are catastrophically high, and values are in conflict. Self-defense and the protection of innocent lives are also important values, and the terrorists will have “won” even more decisively if they succeed in destroying cities, the national economy, and possibly, the entire fabric of liberal democracy. - Jerome Slater, Research Scholar - SUNY Buffalo
Doing my usual bouncing around reading posts of those on my blogroll, I came across and very thought provoking post regarding torture and the war on terror. It is a very worthwhile read as it is a worthwhile debate sans rhetoric.

From Burkean Reflections:
Jerome Slater's a university research scholar at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He's published an important article, "Tragic Choices in the War on Terrorism: Should We Try to Regulate Torture?," in the summer 2006 issue of Political Science Quarterly.

Examining the controversy surrounding the use of torture in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay, he uses moral philosophy to argue -- in defense of national security -- that the ongoing global terror conflict creates a threat environment so grave it warrants permanent exclusion from norms prohibiting torture, according to just war doctrines, and that the goal for the United States should be to create a legal and institutional regime for the use and control of torture practices.
Read the entire post here at Burkean Reflections...

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