Having An LOL Day
Don't you just love those days where something happens that not only proves you right but also just makes you laugh out loud?
Over a month ago I posted
a short blurb giving my views on waterboarding
. The post generated no response at all until a few days ago when "Phil" and "Greg" both showed up to declare that waterboarding
is not torture - which is false - and that, even if it is, torture is an effective means of gathering intelligence - which is also not true.
The discussion sidetracked into a debate on whether it was necessary to use atomic bombs on Japan to force their surrender. (It probably wasn't.) Both Phil & Greg continue to insist that in order to defeat the monsters we are fighting we must become inhuman monsters ourselves. To prove their points they called upon examples from General Sherman's burning of the South to Michael Savage to the Talmud. Greg even quoted Abraham Lincoln.
Well, sort of. Greg wrote, "Abraham Lincoln said it best when he said 'We fight on their level. With trickery, brutality, finality. We match their evil. There is no honorable way to kill. No gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war except its ending.' "
That might be a great quote, except President Abraham Lincoln never said any such thing. The quote is rather a line from Star Trek episode #77, "The Savage Curtain" by an actor portraying Lincoln.
Next he'll be quoting Harrison Ford or some other famous "President" to back up his arguments. I can't wait. I've got some President Jed Bartlet quotes all ready to fire back with.