Thursday, March 22, 2007

Imagination

Sez Anne Applebaum:
Who could have imagined, in September 2001, that one of the masterminds of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon would make his confession and the world would hear it with indifference?
It's times like these that I just want to do an Arnold Horshack impersonation, and shout "ooh-ooh-ooh, pick me!" Heck, I'm hardly alone. Look, there was a time not very long ago in which the old Soviet Union was lampooned for its show trials based on torture-induced confessions. In other words, outside of a few true believers, Khalid Sheik Mohammed's confession to masterminding the still ballyhooed 9-11 attacks is a yawner. There is precious little credible about "information" gained via torture. Anyone with a working cerebral cortex can figure that one out fairly quickly. The dude's confession was bound to draw at best indifference, and probably in some circles contempt.

Those still drinking the American Exceptionalist flavored Kool-aid will no doubt continue to be shocked that much of the rest of the planet simply does not give a flying fuck about torture-inflicted "confessions" because they simply have no credibility; nor do those nations that inflict such torture have any credibility in the area of human rights.

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