[lit-ideas] Re: Willie Pete

Michael Chase wrote:

"... despite Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, despite the fact that Cheney is
furiously attempting to keep it legal for the CIA to use torture,
despite the fact that the U.S. already ships suspects off to Poland and
Romania, among other locations, so that they can be tortured in all
tranquility...  Surely such smugness is counterproductive."


I didn't detect any smugness.  As Eric so helpfully pointed out, the
litany provided above by M. Chase lists some of the most contentious
issues being vigorously debated in the U.S. whereas they are not even
close to what is done on a regular basis by the terrorists in Iraq.
It's a no-brainer as to which side is 'the better'.

What is troubling is M. Chase's moral equivalency argument that
regularly rears its ugly head.


Sincerely,

Phil Enns
Toronto, ON

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