Hypocrisy of American waterboarding
Here is my problem with the hypocrisy of American waterboarding, beyond the fact that such torture doesn’t actually provide anyone with any real information, beyond the fact that ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’ can’t be defended by torture beyond whatever jaw dropping bullshit defense an apologist like Cameron Slater at Whaleoil manages to scrape together to defend torture – beyond all that which makes torture totally unjustifiable is the hypocrisy.
What did America do to Japanese interrogators who waterboarded American GIs for information on a weapon of mass destruction (America of course ended up using 2 nuclear weapons of mass destruction on the Japanese, so their paranoia was actually a lot more justified than American paranoia post 9/11). What did America do to those Japanese interrogators who waterboarded American GI’s? They executed them for torture, here we are now with the Americans DOING THE EXACT SAME THING which they executed Japanese interrogators for, and what’s the response? A half hearted ‘we’re looking forward’ – well looking forward is all well and good but that comes second to actually learning the mistake, transparent justice and punishment of those who allowed ‘simply following orders’ to become a defense.
Democracy and Freedom are strengthened by the prosecution of those who torture, it is weakened by defending those who torture.