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Thursday, August 10, 2006


Let's see, 10 airplanes were to be involved in the attacks that were prevented...

Let's see, there are some 200+ people on each of these flights, making a total of 2,000+ people whose lives were saved today...

Let's see, each of those 2,000 people have, on average, maybe 20 friends and family members who are really happy their lives were saved today...

Let's see, the Pakistanis are reported to have helped crack the plot...

Let's see, the Pakistanis are reported to torture suspects to gain information...

So let's see if you all still want to say that you're opposed to using torture to elicit information that can be used to prevent terrorist attacks.

If in fact torture played a part in stopping these attacks, I would very much like Bush to announce, on national television with some of those who would have been on these flights standing behind him, that these attacks were prevented through information gained from subjecting terrorist suspects to, how should I put it, 'coercive interrogations'.... and dare the bleeding hearts and liberals to say that this was a bad thing to have done.

As I have written before, we're in a war and torture is a weapon that can be used to help defend ourselves against our enemies and failing to use every weapon at our disposal means more Americans will die than would otherwise be the case. It's a shame too many people harbor romantic thoughts of playing fair, of not doing to others what we wouldn't want done to us and that all other claptrap that sounds good in the abstract but loses its appeal when brought up close and personal.

Or, with it being reported that the United States tipped off the Brits that something was brewing, perhaps the United States picked up that 'chatter' by means of monitoring phone calls.. or monitoring financial transactions through the now-revealed to the world SWIFT program.. or some other program that liberals (and a not-insignificant number of anti-government types on the right) have been bemoaning about for awhile.

If so, I would love for Bush to announce that this was the case... and dare the critics to say these programs need to be shut down.

I remember the week right right after 9/11, I was flying to Chicago. The plane was mostly empty and as I took my seat across the aisle from one guy, he looked up at me and asked me if something was to happen, if was I with him. While I certainly hoped that nothing would happen, I felt somewhat reassured that there was at least one guy on the plane that would do what it took to thwart another attack. It's a shame there are so many Americans who won't.