Yeah. Once up on a time, a different country in a different time, put on trial men who had been complicit, not just in killing a few thousand people, but millions. They gave those people, known as Nazis, a trial. But that was a different country, and a different time, when America still at least tried to do the right thing, and when Americans thought doing the right thing was, well, the right thing.
Back then over 50% of Americans didn’t approve of torture, either. They understood that people who torture are evil. Period.
Osama bin Laden and the prisoners at Guantanmo are either:
- Prisoners of war, in which chase they should receive full Geneva convention rights, or;
- Common Criminals, in which case they have the right to a speedy trial, to face their accusers and to see the evidence against them.
A majority, possibly a vast majority, of Americans, are now morally depraved as a people. This wasn’t quite true even four years ago. A slight majority of Americans, at that time, were against torture. Now they are for it.
End of the line.
This is paralleled by something I see in fiction all the time. The rise of the cult of the family. The idea is that anything you do for your family is morally ok. The first time I noticed that this was out of hand was the movie Patriot. In that move Mel Gibson refuses for fight for the rebels against England until his family is harmed.
That may be many things, but it is not patriotic. The deaths of Iraqis killed by the American war criminal George Bush are not less real than Bin Laden’s, they do not matter less, and they are far far more numerous.
The rest of the West is marching down this route of moral depravity as well. In country after country, recession caused by the outright fraudulent and illegal actions of the rich is responded to by cutting services to the poor, who had nothing to do with it in any way, shape, or form, while billions to trillions are spent making sure the rich are bailed out. And, say what you will, but populations keep voting these governments in. Sure, they aren’t as depraved as Americans, but they’re working on it.
We live in a depraved time. Yes, our elites are evil. Virtually to a man or woman they are monsters. But we are complicit in this. Whether in pluralities or outright majorities or in our own depraved indifference we enable them.