Edward Packard

 December 16, 2014


President Obama says that torture is contrary to our values. What a feeble response to this abomination! In the course of modern history there have been indications that a degree of moral enlightenment is in the making: the civil rights movement, the peaceful end of apartheid in South Africa, strides toward gender equality; European nations living in comity for seven decades, increased awareness of the sacredness of human rights, initiatives to slow climate change and destruction of ecosystems, and so on. Unceasing more robust and wide-ranging progress must be made if our species is to long survive in the face of the agents of retrograde, among whom, along with the self-avowed enemies of civilization abroad, must be numbered advocates and apologists of torture at home, tugging at us in the direction of the abyss.  

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