That’s the thing about committing war crimes

That’s the thing about committing war crimes April 20, 2009

People notice it. There’s a big fuss. Somebody wants to put criminals in jail. Even foreigners get into the act.

My recommendation: Don’t do it. Then you don’t have to insult everybody’s intelligence by saying that waterboarding somebody 183 times in one monthisn’t torture. You don’t have to contradict yourself with absurdities like “It’s not torture and besides it terrifies its victims into telling us everything they know” (and a great deal of stuff that are lies told to make the torture stop). You don’t have to tell bald-faced lies about how this is perfectly compatible with Church teaching since Fr. Brian Harrison has cooked up an exemption to John Paul’s “intrinsically immoral” description in Veritatis Splendor 80. You don’t have to dilate on this lie by saying “As long as you are torturing people for information, it’s okay” and then say “And besides, the son of a bitch KSM had it coming, so torture him some more! And don’t forget: the people who ordered the torture assure us we got valuable intel from it. And have they ever lied?” You don’t have to live in a country where people have to write evil nonsense like “Waterboarding is something of which every American should be proud” in order to run interference for what normal people used to call war crimes.

Someday, after the Lord has returned, we will look back on this time and recall that the insane left chanted “Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done” while the insane right chanted, “Waterboarding is something of which every American should be proud.” Both of them, by such words, spit on the elementary Catholic teaching “You shall not do evil that good may come of it.” As Paul says, “Their condemnation is deserved.”

Thanks be to God, their condemnation has been borne by Jesus Christ, whom Herod would have murdered in infancy like the Left, and who was tortured to death by the Machiavellians of his time who, like so many on the Right today, say “Let us do evil, that good may come of it.”

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