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McCain and Torture
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Yesterday while driving home from work, I decided I would write an entry on torture. Then I read John McCain's piece in Newsweek, and realized he said it far better than I ever could (and as an ex-POW, he is far more qualified to say it than I am).

Then I read my brother Jed's blog today, and he wrote eloquently, with some good questions, on torture. So I may be a copycat, but not in the sense of reading Jed's blog and *then* saying, "I want to do my own entry on torture."

Here is a link to McCain's piece--it should be required reading for every decision maker in Washington.

If you don't have time to read the whole thing, below are the two essential paragraphs. In his piece, McCain is gracious to those who disagree with him, but what he writes (especially what I pasted in below) is so compelling that I think that if Bush, Cheney, Gonzales, et. al. read and reflected on it, they would almost feel unpatriotic for taking the positions they have.

"Our enemies [in Vietnam] didn't adhere to the Geneva Conventions. Many of my comrades were subjected to very cruel, very inhumane and degrading treatment, a few of them unto death. But every one of us—every single one of us—knew and took great strength from the belief that we were different from our enemies, that we were better than them, that we, if the roles were reversed, would not disgrace ourselves by committing or approving such mistreatment of them. That faith was indispensable not only to our survival, but to our attempts to return home with honor. For without our honor, our homecoming would have had little value to us.

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"Those who return to us and those who give their lives for us are entitled to that honor. And those of us who have given them this onerous duty are obliged by our history, and the many terrible sacrifices that have been made in our defense, to make clear to them that they need not risk their or their country's honor to prevail; that they are always—through the violence, chaos and heartache of war, through deprivation and cruelty and loss—they are always, always, Americans, and different, better and stronger than those who would destroy us."



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