Waterboarding

If “undocumented immigrant”  is Progressive-Speak for “illegal alien,” then why doesn’t the equally dumb 1984-ish euphemism “enhanced interrogation” mean “torture”?

I became aware of this bizarre double-standard while listening to the Republican debate on Saturday evening.

The subject was the “enhanced interrogation” technique of “waterboarding.”   This “technique” is supposed to make the bad guys spill the beans by, long story short, causing them to feel like they are drowning.

Several, if not all (I don’t remember or care), of the candidates stated that they did not consider waterboarding to be “torture.”  The lone dissenter was Ron Paul who stated that waterboarding IS torture and that it is cruel and uncivilized.

He was booed for his opinion, while the waterboarding supporters were cheered.

The question was, “Is waterboarding torture?”  The “correct” answer could not be “yes” because that would mean that it would be a bad thing to use to elicit answers from a captive.  But “enhanced interrogation” is fine and dandy and excuses the rendering of, well, TORTURE.

It is my opinion that waterboarding is a form of torture.  But this post is not about whether it is morally and ethically right to use it.  Rather, this rant is about hypocrisy.

Political Correctness is killing this country.  Conservative types are, rightfully so, battling to make it go away.  But it just seems really dumb to pick and choose what is “PC” or not simply for the sake of convenience (or to win an election).

A lot of us are tired of all the PC crap of trying not to “offend” anyone.  We want to say “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays.”  We want people who come into this country illegally to be held accountable for their *crime,* not to be given special treatment and get all kinds of “free” stuff.

Torture by any other name is still torture.  If the United States wants to continue to stoop to the level of her enemies and use waterboarding, then at least have the integrity to call it what it is.

© November 2011 by Phyllis J. Hanniver

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About pjh95811

I am a writer and poet living in California. I love cats, dogs, nature, poetry, spirituality and the Pacific Ocean.
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