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Johann Hari writes: So what will be left of the Republican Party after next week's US election? The answer lies in the sands of Florida, where the sunshine-state Republicans have nominated an unrepentant torturer as their candidate for Congress. They view his readiness to torture an innocent Iraqi not as a source of shame, but as his prime qualification for office. This is American conservatism in the dying days of Bush – and it points out the direction that Sarah Palin would like to take it in 2012.

 

In August 2003, Colonel Allen West – commanding a US unit in Baghdad – heard a rumour that one of the Iraqi policeman he was working with was a secret insurgent. He ordered his officers to go and seize Yehiya Hamoodi, a thin, bespectacled 31-year-old, from his home. They dragged him into a Humvee, beat him, and then handcuffed, shackled and blindfolded him. In a dank interrogation room, they told him he had better start talking.... Read more.

Question: Is this well enough known in the US and is this the direction of travel for the Republican Party? And, if so, what is its future?

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purplehamsa wrote:
Oct. 28th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
way to hold the moral high ground.

If we are going to be the sort of country that will attempt to win at any cost, then we have lost the moral high ground. PERIOD.

If we lose the moral high ground, we cannot claim to care about those in other countries, their rights, their way of living or their way of governing.

This argument for torture negates the relevance of the US in the world.
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