The Torture of Al Qaeda
So there's a story that two Al Qaeda members may have died under torture in Afghanistan. Alex says "the use of torture like this simply cannot stand". I am honestly trying to see this as a bad thing, but its hard. These guys were members of the Al Qaeda network. They weren't Joe Afghan Civilian who was the suspect of a crime, they were members of a terrorist network whose sole purpose on this planet is to kill as many of us as they can.
I hear the arguments for morality, and protests that because we're Americans we just can't do this - and while I think the logic may be sound, we spent too many days watching the powdered remains of people being removed from the WTC, incinerated bodies from the Pentagon, corpses from The Cole and the embassies in Kenya or the nightclub in Bali for me to give two seconds of thought into the fact that the last minutes of life for an Al Qaeda soldier may have been unpleasant.
Some believe that because I'm a liberal that my argument against war in Iraq and that our focus should be on Al Qaeda is just so much partisan bickering. But that's not true. The world will be a better place when every member of the Al Qaeda network is dead. Not arrested and tried under some B.S. court, but dead.
UPDATE: For those of you visiting from Instapundit, please see the latest I have to say on this here.
March 07, 2003 11:26 AM