Today I was on Nookular Option (Toledo's only liberal talk radio show) which is on WXUT every Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The show is hosted by Don and Chris, Don was unable to be on today so Chris asked me if I'd be a guest co-host. Matt Duss was a guest on the program to talk about the latest information on the torture memos that have been released from the CIA.
One thing I mentioned was my belief that I personally thought a Commission would create a better outcome than the current investigation that is being done by a special prosecutor requested by Attorney General Eric Holder. I referenced a Washington Post article on this, by Fred Hiatt, Time for a Souter-O'Connor Commission.
I'm also of the belief that the only way there will be no torture or war crimes is when there is no war. That through the history of man what we are doing now may still be considered to be abusive practices but is really mild in comparison to what has happened in the history of man. While that does not make what has happened today authorized and/or unauthorized by our nation, it is completely impossible to eliminate actions by those exceeding their authority no matter their justification whether it is legitimate or just sadistic. While we decry torture and demand other nations to also refrain from torture, we also have to admit that our nation has tortured, killed and maimed many in our history of a nation. We can never pretend we don't have blood on our hands nor can we forget how many of our citizens have been tortured by other nations all we can do is to strive to do better and to concentrate on peace. Peace is realistically the only true solution.