Click here to watch Michael Yon report on progress
in Iraq and how Al Qaeda is getting hammered into the dirt.
Although I completely disagree with his conclusion, Michael Yon has written a beautiful and powerfully reasoned argument against the use of torture.
Disagreements aside, what is most striking and worth reading about this article, however, is not its flawed call for the banning of all forms of “torture”. It’s the presentation of what Michael Yon most elegantly refers to as “the strategic advantage of our values“.
A couple of excerpts …
… once we defeated the Axis, we helped rebuild their countries.
Our Greatest Generation acted with honor and great wisdom. It was the right thing to do, but also the strategically intelligent thing to do. Now Germany and Japan are stable, prosperous democracies and close allies.
When this war is over in Iraq, we do not want a generation of Iraqis thinking that all we did was invade their country and torture and kill people.
We want them to know that, despite whatever mistakes we made, we have no ill-feelings toward Iraqis.
…We want the Iraqis to know that Americans are warriors, but not barbarians. They already know that our young folks will fight like wolverines.The Iraqi insurgents learned that lesson the hard way. American soldiers and Marines have died fighting, with great honor, to bring the region a step forward. By contrast, al Qaeda has murdered tens of thousands of Iraqis, and committed atrocities that have turned the people against them.
Al Qaeda and other terrorists fight without honor. And simply put, that’s why we’re winning in Iraq.
We recaptured the most important strategic territory in guerrilla war – the moral high ground, while never laying down our sword.