Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Torture is not unamerican! Or at least that's a half truth.

Why is there a whole lot of odd posturing in the search for demographic approval in the outlawing of torture? Shouldn't it be across the board? Be it the ACLU or Wesley Clark (who apparently didn't get his Vietnam Service Medal with 3 service stars serving in Vietnam) the subject of torture's inherent wrongness have moved from its inhumanity (or if washed out cynics would have it, its appropriate approximations of humanity's underpinnings) to its patriotic obliviousness. Now it's a litmus test for austere citizenship? Has no one read the declassified documents being dug up with the use of the Freedom of Information Act about our shady past (like our country wasn't founded and built on it)? Didn't it reach even Hollywood for standard bad guy patsy in geo-political 80's action movies to have the CIA as a shady organization that Judas Priests the shit out of the constitution?
To even regionalize it like that would suggest that while being Unamerican, that's what allows us to be the leaders of the free world, which either doesn't exist because we haven't had the privelege of freeing it, or shouldn't exist because we haven't had the privilege of bearing down on it Grand Inquisitor style, castigating the assbackwards variety hour it's continually hosting in which freedom is proved to be an asset of man's fundamental suffering and in need of being straightened the fuck out in complete opposition to the last temptations of christ (though I'm starting to think, final revelation and all, that that's the modus operandi). But really, that shit is universal! Geneva may soon be the site of a hot new American Apparel boutique shop, but that don't make it made in america!

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