Wednesday, September 28, 2005

An American hero

CPT Ian Fishback -- West Point graduate, soldier in the 82nd Airborne, honorable man:
My approach for clarification provides clear evidence that confusion over standards was a major contributor to the prisoner abuse. We owe our soldiers better than this. Give them a clear standard that is in accordance with the bedrock principles of our nation.

Some do not see the need for this work. Some argue that since our actions are not as horrifying as Al Qaeda's, we should not be concerned. When did Al Qaeda become any type of standard by which we measure the morality of the United States? We are America, and our actions should be held to a higher standard, the ideals expressed in documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Others argue that clear standards will limit the President's ability to wage the War on Terror. Since clear standards only limit interrogation techniques, it is reasonable for me to assume that supporters of this argument desire to use coercion to acquire information from detainees. This is morally inconsistent with the Constitution and justice in war. It is unacceptable.


Blogger Android said...

Regarding Capt. Fishback's letter:
Let's suppose we caught Osama immediately prior to 911. We knew Al Queda was planning something big, but we didn't know the details. Should we have used all means available, including coercion, to learn all we could, or should we have drawn the line at coercion--as Fishback seems to be advocating--and potentially let 3,000 Americans die for these ideals?

10:27 AM  
Blogger Nitpicker said...

Could you phrase your question in the form of a simple statement? Say, "I think we should be torturing people" or "our soldiers should have no clear rules for the treatment of prisoners" or, even more appropriately, "l'etat c'est Bush"?

Give it a try, if you have the stomach for it. Anything you come up with will be a far cry from "No physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion, may be inflicted on prisoners of war to secure from them information of any kind whatever."

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was this crazy Texan, ex-marine, who was sure the president was ruining the country. So he blew his head apart. Just another man of action all too wiling to throw away ideals.

1:12 PM  

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