Forgive me for unleashing a flash of elegance here but five-deferment Dick Cheney should shut the fuck up. While his name, forgive me, provides all kinds of fuel for my comedic streak, for example, the man gives men’s genitalia a bad name, the damage he has done and continues to do about all that can be true and should be true about my country is so savage he ought to be jailed. He is, in short, a war criminal and ought to be tried and, if justice is served, jailed.
Dick races around making as many appearances on Fox News (God help us all) as he can defending torture. If you are truly loyal to what my country, the United States of America, is supposed to be about, you should be sickened by this, not to mention angered. Not only does torture not work, it violates all we are about: morally, legally and ethically. To have government sponsored torture puts us on the same level as the very enemies we are now fighting.
I suspect some hear the words Geneva Convention and think weakness. Bullshit. The term Geneva Convention refers to the agreement reached in 1949 in the aftermath of World War II. Now pause here and think or a minute. No person or group in history could exceed the brutality of Hitler and the Nazis. Yet the world responded, not in kind, but in a joined commitment to the sanctity of human life and the decency that is present people and countries who are strong in character, not cowardly murdering little wimps like Dick.
Here is an excerpt from the 1949 accord signed, by the way, by 194 countries.
“Protected persons are entitled, in all circumstances, to respect for their persons, their honor, their family rights, their religious convictions and practices, and their manners and customs. They shall at all times be humanely treated, and shall be protected especially against all acts of violence or threats thereof and against insults and public curiosity. Women shall be especially protected against any attack on their honor, in particular against rape, enforced prostitution, or any form of indecent assault. Without prejudice to the provisions relating to their state of health, age and sex, all protected persons shall be treated with the same consideration by the Party to the conflict in whose power they are, without any adverse distinction based, in particular, on race, religion or political opinion. However, the Parties to the conflict may take such measures of control and security in regard to protected persons as may be necessary as a result of the war.”
Disagreeing with what you just read is abhorrent to all that America stands for, so, rather than being a Dick like the five-deferment coward, you might want to read the passage again and reconsider.