I was looking through some threads on some of my favorite links, and the torture debate continues to be debated with an iron fist. I'm a little mute on the issue because to be quite honest, I see the pros and cons on both sides of the issue. I have a hard time with issues that involve torture methods. Whenever it comes to the issue of morals vs law, I am usually feel morals is the smartest bet. Unfortunately, this subject isn't so easy. When it comes to terrorism, I expect to fight fire with fire. I believe when it comes to terrorists, the softer you go, the greater the edge to the other side. With that battle in my mind, it is hard for me to feel strongly one way or the other.
Now here is something I will argue about. While sketching through some threads, a person said that dropping the atomic bomb was more just than the torture tactics used by the Bush Administration. I strongly disagree. Over 200,000 people died in the bombings of the two Japanese cities. Millions were subject to radiation that cause defects in births that still occur to this day. To my knowledge, no person was murdered while being tortured, and Obama even admits that the torture likely made us safer.
Bush could have dropped atomic bombs on terrorist nations. The 9/11 Attacks certainly was just as big of an event as Pearl Harbor. Yet, instead of blowing them off the face of the Earth, he used a much 'morally' correct way. Not a single solider could have died in Afghanistan and Iraq, but we did in an ethical way (at least in terms of this).
My point is, the Atomic Bomb was wrong. It should have never been built. Yes, the Japanese may never have given up, but 200,000 civilians didn't deserve to die either. THAT is morally and ethically wrong. It is dreadful to grow up in a world where every single person on Earth can die in the blink of eye. That is why in my opinion, it is the worst thing that has ever happened in human history. I do not want to grow up in a world where the world could explode, and I would never want my children and the future generations of the United States to be forced to make that type of decision. That is why I take torture over the Atomic Bomb. Taking the atomic bomb over torture methods is a pretty disgusting point in my opinion. Clearly his argument is based on the pathetic loyality to a political party. I so badly wish people would dissassociate with parties so that they can make logical points. The Father of Our Country, George Washington, saw this coming. Maybe one day we will start taking his advice.
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