A sizeable chunk of Americans, as well as people from countries, approve of torture. Yesterday, the AP reported:
Most Americans and a majority of people in Britain, France and South Korea say torturing terrorism suspects is justified at least in rare instances, according to AP-Ipsos polling.
What’s ever scarier is that this isn’t some slim majority we’re talking about:
In America, 61 percent of those surveyed agreed torture is justified at least on rare occasions. Almost nine in 10 in South Korea and just over half in France and Britain felt that way.
It appears that many of the people in the countries surveyed don’t mind if the U.S. tortures people, as long as it isn’t done in their backyard.
In the poll, about two-thirds of the people living in Canada, Mexico, South Korea and Spain said they would oppose allowing U.S. officials to secretly interrogate terrorist suspects in their countries. Almost that many in Britain, France, Germany and Italy said they felt the same way.
How utterly civilized of them. In the US, we aren’t so squeamish, and will allow torture in our front yard:
Almost two-thirds in the United States support such interrogations in the U.S. by their own government.
At least this solves the need (and expense) of “black sites” in Europe and the Middle East, as well as concentration camps such as the one in Guantanamo Bay. With poll results like this, surely Americans will approve of an Auschwitz on the Potomic, a Mauthausen on the Mississippi and perhaps a Dachau somewhere on the west coast.
It is no wonder that Bush was re-elected.