A lot of people have been giving Senator Christopher Dodd a bit of heat over his piece published at the Huffington Post last week. I was all set to jump on the kick-Dodd bandwagon, but then I actually read the piece — and especially the money quote — and I’m reconsidering.
Compare that (the case of Zaccarias Moussaoui) case to the case of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who organized the attacks of 9/11. He was held in a secret prison, where he claims he was tortured severely. Whether he is lying or not, by our actions we have allowed Khalid Mohammed to claim the moral high ground. Khalid Mohammed plays martyr to a world that is inclined to believe it.
Think about that for a moment. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (he’s the guy who looks like the love child of Rosie O’Donnell and Ron Jeremy, if you need a reminder) was one of the three Al Qaeda members that have been acknowledged to have been subjected to waterboarding. Mohammed was the master planner behind the 9/11 attacks, as well as numerous other terrorist plots and events: the beheading of Daniel Pearl, “shoe bomber” Richard Reid, several other bombings, and plans for far, far more.
This is the man who Dodd fears could become a modern-day Che Guevara — a man who was responsible for the deaths of literally thousands of innocents, who planned and attempted the deaths of thousands more, and who is alive and well today and, apparently, being held at Guantanamo.
This is the man that is claiming to be a martyr — and a good chunk of the world is willing to grant him that status.
This is not a commentary on the United States. This is a commentary on a good chunk of the world.
Anyone who would grant him moral equivalency with the United States is so warped that their opinions should not be given the slightest weight whatsoever. Indeed, they are so warped that their opinions on matters of morality and ethics might serve as a good lodestone — whatever they endorse ought to be immediately considered suspect. And those who would consider him superior to the United States based on our treatment of him since we took him into custody are even more insane.
I hate to steal a line from the religious fundamentalists, but morality is NOT something that is determined by simple majority. We all have our own definitions of what is right and wrong, derived from our own experiences and beliefs, but we should never submit our own judgment to that of others, simply because there are a certain number of them.
To those people who would grant such authority to others, you’re free to do so. Just understand if I don’t do the same. My opinion does NOT depend on making sure I have at least 51% of everyone else approving of me.