Letter: French Revolution lessons
Jonathan P. Baird’s piece on torture (Monitor Forum, Aug. 14) was a courageous article, of which we need more these days.
The police, the federal and executive wings of the government, our armies and especially intelligence agencies should not be allowed to so easily get away with the sophistical, specious arguments frequently placed forward in defense of such practices.
Thanks for continuing the dialogue.
We may as a people get upset with a nation or individuals, yet it does not at all follow that we must, should, or even can abuse, torture and kill them.
If we do, we will often be no better than the groups accused. Let us all remember we are human beings – created in God’s image – all deserving of the love and respect we show our intimate family and friends. We are all on this planet together.
Seems trite to say that, but then why does our government have these terrible practices?
We should realize, and come to accept, that unless we are watchful, there is a danger that the United States may descend into the same sort of anarchy and blood lust that characterized the French Revolution. They, too, had high ideals but ended up murdering thousands. We have to let our ideals mean something. Above all, be rational and calm rather than quick tempered and angry.
JOHN G. LEWIS