It’s a violation of US law and a war crime that the American government has imprisoned people for committing, yet Bill O’Reilly defended torture on Tuesday night as the “morally correct” thing to do.
During his show on Fox News, O’Reilly went above and beyond to defend torture. He isn’t alone. Many conservatives have since the US Senate released its long-awaited report describing all the sordid and inhumane methods used against other human beings in the name of the American people.
Waterboarding, rectal feeding, and hypothermia are just the tip of the iceberg of what prisoners were subjected to by American authorities under the Bush Administration. Despite the brutality, the methods were not effective and did not result in any useful information. But O’Reilly thinks this is perfectly moral.
“On a personal note, I know scores of Americans who lost loved ones on 9/11,” O’Reilly said.
“I’ve watched their children grow up without mothers and fathers. If I were president, I would have authorized waterboarding and other severe interrogation methods of high ranking captured terrorists. It is morally correct to protect innocent lives from barbarians. We are a nation of laws, but we are in a brutal ongoing war. Americans need to be protected.”
Here’s the video via Crooks and Liars.
According to Bill O’Reilly, it’s perfectly fine to become a nation of monsters who abandon everything we stand for, including our own laws, if it means protecting ourselves. The only problem is we only made ourselves less safe because we lost respect throughout the world and seriously pissed off Muslims across the Middle East, many of which joined terrorist groups because of the way we treated prisoners of war.
Their defense of torture proves once and for all that conservatives are not the “Christians” they claim to be. Apparently, they not only haven’t read the Geneva Convention or US law, they haven’t read their Bibles either. According to Romans 12:17, 21, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all…. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Conservatives constantly claim that America is a Christian nation and often portray Jesus as a Founding Father. As David Batstone writes on the Christian website beliefnet.com regarding torture,
Consider this: Who would Jesus torture? I cannot imagine Jesus finding a single “exemption” that would justify such an abuse of any individual made in God’s image.
Though I bristle whenever I hear someone refer to the United States as a Christian nation – it is such a loaded phrase – many in the Muslim world see us as such. How tragic it would be for Muslims to identify the message and mission of Jesus with torture and terror. We must not allow that to happen.
In short, torture is far from being moral, it’s absolutely evil and shouldn’t be tolerated by this country. That means those who justified and ordered the use of torture should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, even it means slapping handcuffs on a former president and a former vice-president in order for justice to finally prevail.