Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Andrew Sullivan is an Idiot

Now, notwithstanding my headline, I'm sure that Andrew Sullivan actually has a brain to think with. That being said, it's particularly repulsive that he would not take the time to think out his latest article in the Atlantic in which he indirectly (with a picture, no doubt) compares the Bush Administration's decision to waterboard three admitted terrorists to the Nazi massacre of the Czech town of Lidice during the Second World War.

The picture above is of Lidice, where another executive whose power trumped all law and all treaties in wartime commanded an army that, upon entering the town of Lidice, on June 10, 1942, murdered all 192 men over 16 years of age from the village on the spot. Below is a more recent example in American history of a massacre of a village, My Lai, in Vietnam:

Again, I am not saying that Yoo approves of such a thing, just that he believes that this is what presidential power inherently permits in wartime. If the president had ordered the massacre directly, because he believed it tactically necessary for national security, it would have been totally legal and constitutional - and no crime would have been committed by anyone under his command.

Lidice is one of the worst intentional massacres of civilians in recent history, conducted after the successful assassination of SS Lieutenant Reinhard Heydrich by partisans. To compare the legal decision to allow waterboarding of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the architect of 9/11 to the SS massacre of civilians due to the killing of the man who was the architect of Nazi repression in Bohemia-Moravia is intellectually shameful.

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