When I see people start calling the US subhuman and evil I can't help but remember the pictures on 9/11 of entire cities cheering the carnage. And why wouldn't they, they've been led to believe we are the evil satan, worthy of destruction.
Violence cannot end violence. It becomes a spiral which gets bigger and bigger- attack, revenge, attack, revenge attack, revenge.......
I guess we can see it in this thread also, and that's my fault. I'm sorry. I don't think the US is evil, I take that back. But I do
think that waterboarding is an evil practice which must be stopped along with all forms of physical and mental torture.
What ends violence is not more violence is an acknowledgement of it- "Yes, I did wrong, I'm sorry, please forgive me."
But if somebody supports the infliction of torture and then denies that is torture and insists on their "right" to inflict it, what should we expect? Should we expect our victims to accept our "right" to torture them? And if they retaliate, are they evil, and we are not evil?