June 26, 2005

Indefensible, continued

via Ogged, a Rasmussen Reports poll shows that 20% of Americans think prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are being treated worse than they deserve, 36% percent think they're being treated better than they deserve, and 34% think they're being treated just right.

I like to think that this isn't because 70% of Americans are soulless monsters (or drawing fine distinctions between Guantanamo and our other prison camps), but because most Americans understandably don't pay much attention to the news, and some soulless monsters have devoted a lot of energy to giving them the impression that complaints about U.S. prisoner torture are just petty whining by nasty terrorists.

On the same general issue, this Michael Berube post is superb:

After all, it is axiomatic that when morally serious persons encounter horrific crimes against humanity, they do not resort to casuistry, pettifogging, or related forms of bullshit, such as arguing that the crimes are not nearly so widespread or systemic as other crimes. Still less do they waste their time and ours by parsing the words of those who call attention to those crimes in order to try to stop them....
Posted by Matt Weiner at June 26, 2005 11:24 AM