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March 17, 2005
Torturing Terri

National Review has another excellent article about the Terri Schiavo controversy, as Andrew McCarthy weighs in on the court's plan to remove Terri's feeding tube. McCarthy took a lot of flack early in the war on terror for questioning our outright ban on torturing terror suspects. His e-mail overflowed with indignation from people who lectured him on descending to the level of the savages we oppose.

If so, McCarthy asks today, how do we explain the treatment Florida has in mind for Terri Schiavo?

On Friday afternoon, unless humanity intervenes, the state of Florida is scheduled to begin its court-ordered torture-murder of Terri Schiavo, whose only crime is that she is an inconvenience. ... It will not produce a scintilla of socially useful information. It will not save a single innocent life. It is not narrowly targeted on a morally culpable person the torture-victim is herself as innocent as she is defenseless. It is not, moreover, meant to be brief and non-lethal: The torture will take about two excruciating weeks, and its sole and only purpose is to kill the victim. ...

In this instance, though, deafening is the only word for the silence of my former interlocutors -civil-liberties activists characteristically set on hysteria auto-pilot the moment an al Qaeda terrorist is rumored to have been sent to bed without supper by Don Rumsfeld or Al Gonzales (something that would, of course, be rank rumor since, if you kill or try to kill enough Americans, you can be certain our government will get you three halal squares a day).

Not so Terri Schiavo. She will be starved and dehydrated. Until she is dead. By court order.

As McCarthy states, not a single life will be saved by this torture, nor a single threat to our nation neutralized. Instead of being done to protect the lives of all Americans, it has only one purpose -- to kill someone guilty of nothing more than remaining stubbornly and inconveniently alive. I had not considered this position before McCarthy's essay, but he captures a gross dichotomy in our approach to justice. Be sure to read the entire essay.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 17, 2005 12:13 PM

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