Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Response to Salman Rushdie

This is the best defence for torturing prisoners an Australian can come up with? Be afraid, be very afraid. As for using quotes like:
"Recent information from Guantanamo has derailed plans for attacks during the Athens Olympics next month and possibly forestalled at least a dozen attacks elsewhere." If inflicting mild discomfort on an al-Qaeda operative prevents a mass-casualty terrorist incident, is that a greater act of immorality than allowing the slaughter of children to proceed?
what an idiot. What plots? oh yeah, can't tell you for security reasons, the less said about the merits of relative immorality the better.
Doesn't relying on the people that do the torturing to justify the act after the fact become merely a series of just-so stories, much like what passes for economics/finance commentary. WE DON'T TRUST YOU and nothing you've done has made any impression on me to start giving you the benefit of the doubt.

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