Torture and the Limits of Political Civility

Outsourced to Athenae, who is appropriately angry that discussion of torture is being viewed as “old arguments” (boldface mine):

Right. That’s all that’s at stake here. Old arguments. We don’t want to have old arguments.

Actually, I don’t want to have old arguments. I WANT TO IMPRISON SOME GODDAMN PEOPLE, and I don’t care if it makes the cocktail parties fucking rough this Christmas.

You know what? You want the right to leave this shit in the past? You want to make sure everybody gets along and nobody has to face any consequences and not hold anybody accountable and not worry about anything? THEN GO THE FUCK HOME. Don’t be in government. Don’t be in Congress. Take a nap and watch TV. No one will judge you. But you do not get to sit in the chair and act like it’s all just too rough.

At some point, monsters have to be called monsters.

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1 Response to Torture and the Limits of Political Civility

  1. jim says:

    German word for monster is Unmensch — I think it carries more impact than monster

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