Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Guantanamo And Waterboarding: Evil or Virtue? Part 2

I agree that the right to fight anywhere should reside with the UN and any other organization that they are signatory to. I also agree that in the case of Saddam Iraq never had weapons of mass destruction. But I disagree that the invasion and occupation was not necessary. The rate at which Saddam was crazy could have led him to use chemical weapons on Israel. I also disagree that since the war began on a wrong premise then the criminals of war taken to Guantanamo are not being treated fairly. They were caught fighting for the insurgence; it was not a defense of their country for they had already surrendered. In addition, most of the Prisoners Of War (POW) caught in Iraq and Afghanistan are foreigners and they are the ones shackled in Guantanamo.

I do agree that in a situation like this there would be collateral damage. That is what I want the US government to minimize. In addition, I am against not offering them due process. In the course of due process then the innocents will be set free because though they may have been caught at the war fron they might have just been in a wrong place at the wrong time. And please, know that I feel for everyone arrested unjustly and I am against invasions. That one is not what I am talking about. I am talking on a certain issue Guantanamo and Waterboarding.

You see the problem is that many people don’t read the Bible horizontally. Jesus was and is against violence but he is not against discipline or punishment. That is why he beat up people in the Temple (Mt 21:12-13). John the Baptists once said: the kingdom of God has suffered violence and only the violence can get it back (Mt 11:12). The Apostle Paul tells the Romans that “rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil (Rom 13:3). Peter affirmed that Government is “put by God for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well” (I Pet 2:14).

One would have to acknowledge or reject that it is appropriate or inappropriate to discipline defaulters. Is it proper to jail criminals or not? If it is; then what measure? The person’s resistance and societal make up should determine their punishment. In other words; Justice should be served proportionately to the crime. The terrorists have been trained in adverse conditions and a normal interrogative technique will not do for them. They should be shackled and manacled to get some answers that will save lives.

People claim that violence begets violence. That is true. But Guantanamo and Waterboarding are not violence but punishment. Those are acts within the confines of the law. The law approves interrogative techniques for terrorists. The Golden Rule is that treat others properly and since the terrorists did not treat the people properly they should not be treated properly. As a matter of fact, the Golden rule is more activated with the terrorists than with any other scenario.

Jesus healed the ear of Malchus because he was not involved in any crime. The Muslim religion is a violent religion and Americans should be aware of that. The proof is that every corner of the globe where there is fighting the Muslims are the ones gravitationing around it. When people cite those who live by the sword die by the sword why don’t they tell us no criminal should be judged after all doesn’t nature pay each according to his coin?

Like I said before, if from the definition of torture, Waterboarding is torture then the US being a signatory of the Convention Against Torture must adhere to its rules and regulations. But inherently, there is nothing sinful about it. There are things that are socially wrong but not sinful because some people define wrongness or rightness by their own standards.

Until then, stay well and peaceful.

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