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Is Sullivan Serious?

OK, I'm not here to defend torture, but can Andrew Sullivan and the reader he quotes approvingly here really say what they're saying with straight faces?:

The Captured Soldiers

All we can do apart from searching for them is pray for them. But Rude Pundit has some thoughts about what we'll say if we discover that they have been tortured. Money quote:

What will our government do? What could it do? Could it condemn the actions as not abiding by the Geneva Conventions? Could it call the actions "torture"? Could it demand accountability? Could it demand that the soldiers be treated as POWs? Could it simply say, "Well, we don't do that shit ... anymore"?

No it couldn't. Pray for the safe rescue of the soldiers - and for the president who abandoned Geneva.

Right. Because the terrorists have adjusted their level of atrocity based on American policy. Just like they attacked us on September 11 because of Israel and the stationing of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia.

Just ask Daniel Pearl, Nick Berg, Fabrizio Quattrocchi, Tom Fox, and the countless others slaughtered by the Islamist thugs.

We shun torture to preserve our own dignity as a society, not because we expect mercy from the enemy. They will show us none.

To pretend otherwise is naive and morally blind.

UPDATE: Sullivan clarifies a bit here.