Sullivan on sacrifice

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Andrew Sullivan talks about those who would trade essential liberty for temporary security, and concludes that “in a choice between legalizing torture and the loss of American lives, I would choose the loss of American lives, including my own:”

This is not righteous victimhood. It is righteous self-defense. There are some things worse than avoiding all casualties in warfare. One of those things is abandoning the core meaning of what a country and a civilization stand for. If America does not stand against the torture of individuals seized without due process by an unchecked executive power, then American stands for nothing. In fact, if this standard had applied two centuries ago, America would not exist at all. The president takes an oath not to prevent any American life from being lost in wartime, but to protect and defend the Constitution which is the sole guarantor of such liberty. Churchill upheld that rule, even as London was reduced to rubble and hundreds of thousands of mother's children were lost. Washington made it a central hallmark of the meaning of his new republic. To destroy the constitution, the rule of law, and habeas corpus and to legalize torture in the false hope of saving lives is the action of those who do not understand freedom and who do not understand America. It is the action of cowards and slaves.

What part of "Live Free Or Die" do these people not understand? [emphases added]

In a simple statement, Sullivan has exposed the bed-wetting Islamophobes as the hysterical fear-mongerers that they are. Their ticking-bomb scenarios and fantasy mushroom clouds will not transmute their cowardice into bravery.

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