One less on the blogroll

November 9, 2007

I’m removing Kim Du Toit from my blogroll as of today due to this post…


(that link goes to a print version of the post – hopefully that’ll be seen over time, rather than linking to the website and hoping people will have the patience to look for the post on the website.)

It’s in response to the article listed here –


Sorry about all the linkage, but I’m trying to cut back on all the screen caps, as useful as they are.

Nance’s article is devastating. I’ve detested the way our Intelligence forces have gathered the information the have received from, say, Khalid Sheik Mohammad.  Vile as the man may be, do we need to resort to their methods?

In Du Toit’s case, the answer is “yes”.  In his credit, he doesn’t see any difference between waterboarding and softer methods like sleep deprivation, sodium pentathol, and the like.  All torture, if affecting the body in some manner.

Where I break with him is that he feels that we, being Americans, can walk away from it’s use when the need for it goes away. I feel the opposite – that since this genie has been released, its occurrence will be more frequent and eventually “sanitized” to protect the psyche of the administrator. Nance even supposes (with no proof) a “one-button version that probably looks like an MRI machine with high intensity waterjets” has already been created to assuge guilt.

I’ll miss Du Toit too – he had some interesting viewpoints.
“No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.”

Theodore Roosevelt

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